IMS NEWS AND UPDATES
World Manufacturing Foundation Signs Agreement with UNIDO
During the WMF annual meeting the World Manufacturing Foundation signed a cooperation agreement with UNIDO, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, which aims to promote sustainable industrial development, particularly in developing countries and in countries with economies in transition.
Record Number of Attendees at the 2018 World Manufacturing Fourm
The first day of the 2018 World Manufacturing Forum was held on September 27th, 2018 at its new permanent home, Cernobbio, Italy. The international event on manufacturing produced record numbers for the seventh edition with thirty international speakers that spoke at the Villa Erba in front of 900 participants from over 40 countries. This years’ record turnout coincides with the newly formed World Manufacturing Foundation from partners Confindustria Lombardia, Intelligent Manufacturing System and Politecnico di Milano. The new foundation’s success is indicative of the global dimension now reached by the World Manufacturing Forum.
The World Manufacturing Foundation is Born
Washington, June 5, 2018 -- The World Manufacturing Foundation was officially established on May 21, 2018 by founding members Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) International, Confindustria Lombardia, and Politecnico di Milano. The Foundation organizes the World Manufacturing Forum (WMF) Annual Meeting, now held annually in Italy, to discuss global manufacturing challenges and solutions and disseminate a yearly Global Manufacturing Report. It will also organize regional events to address local challenges.
“As a world class center for innovation, Lombardy is a perfect place to launch this new foundation and international headquarters to advance manufacturing for all nations,” noted Dan Nagy, Managing Director of IMS International. “Since our first event held in 2011, it was our dream to expand the mission, reach and resources of the WMF. Together with the additional resources of our new partners at Confindustria, Lombardy, and Politecnico di Milano, we will make this dream a reality.”
WMF Video Contest Announced
MILAN, March. 16, 2018 -- The Video Contest for the 2018 World Manufacturing Forum is now open. Participants are asked to create a short video clip to describe Manufacturing and Digital Revolution. Freelance video makers, universities, schools (over 16 students), operators of the creative industry from all around the world are encouraged to apply. Submitted videos must have a maximum length of three minutes and be in English (audio or subtitles are accepted). The three contest finalists will be invited to participate in the final selection. The final selection will take place during the World Manufacturing Forum 2018 (27-28 September, Villa Erba, Cernobbio – Italy), where the three videos will be projected in loop during the 2 day event. The videos will be voted upon by the World Manufacturing Forum audience. The winner with receive a prize of 5,000 €.
United States Assumes the Chair for the IMS International Manufacturing R&D Collaboration Program
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2018 -- Jack Harris, former Rockwell Collins Director of Advanced Manufacturing Technology and currently General Manager for the PDES Inc., Chairman of the Advanced Manufacturing Working Group for the U.S. Aerospace States Association and CEO for Parametric Studio Inc., an Aerospace and Engineering STEM software company, assumed the chair of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems International (IMS). Jack Harris was introduced as the incoming Chairman of IMS at the November 2017 World Manufacturing Forum (WMF).
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IMS and NCMS Sign MOU
As a further expansion of collaborative outreach and support, IMS International (IMSI) and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday at the NCMS Washington Office. IMSI Chair, Jack Harris, and NCMS President and CEO, Lisa Strama, were present at the event and gave remarks on the opportunity this partnership presents to help small to medium sized (SME) manufacturers. Through this agreement, the IMSI ManuVation program gains a valuable partner to strengthen services to SME manufacturers that provides understanding and integration of new technologies through guidebooks, workshops, and sharing best practices.
NCMS will speak at an upcoming IMSI ManuVation aerospace workshop that will help manufacturers understand current cyber security risks and how to reduce exposure. The two organizations will explore developing tracks of content for joint workshops and in support of the World Manufacturing Forum. The organizations will also cross-promote activities and services in order to help spur manufacturing and innovation throughout communities.
IMS and ASM International Sign Cooperation Agreement
In order to advance manufacturing science and support integration of new materials and technologies by industry to ASM International's 25,000 member organization and the IMS international network, IMS International and ASM International signed a cooperation agreement to explore marketing and services opportunities for manufacturers, researchers, and manufacturing stakeholders including workshops, forums, and innovation hubs. They will also explore publishing and disseminating manufacturing content as well as collaborate to integrate Materials Information into STEP/ISO-10303 standards. The organizations will evaluate opportunities to promote each other’s membership as well as offer incentives or shared benefits in the future.
IMS International Announces Advanced Manufacturing Directors
Intelligent Manufacturing System International Inc. (IMSI) reconstituted its Board of Directors with leading experts to support the IMS ManuVation and World Manufacturing Forum programs. The new members include Chair of the Board, Jack Harris, Rockwell Collins (Retired), Dean Bartles, Ph.D., National Tooling and Machining Association, Atul Kelkar, Ph.D., Clemson University, William Mahoney, ASM International, Robert E. Mansfield, Jr., Aerospace States Association, and Jack Todd, C.P.A.
IMS Joins Trans-Atlantic Cluster Initiative Industry Tour, 14-18 May, 2018
IMS was invited as a guest to tour German manufacturing companies and meet with industry, local economic development agencies and research institutions by the Trans-Atlantic Cluster Initiative. The tour was supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy to promote dialogue and understanding of how industry 4.0 technologies are being integrated into small to large companies, and to expand their network through face-to-face meetings. The tour group included experts from industry and industry-related institutions who exchanged best practices, shared common challenges. The week-long tour visited companies in Hessen (Darmstadt), Baden-Württemberg (Stuttgart), and Niedersachsen (Hannover). Dan Nagy noted that personal highlights of the tour included state-of-the-art manufacturers (Festo, Zeiss), SME’s in the process of integrating new technologies (Nass Magnet), augmented reality labs and holodeck (Fraunhofer, Daimler), a super-computing facility (HLRS), and state-of-the art training labs (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Arena2036, Deutsche Messe). Outcomes from the meeting included expansion if the IMS network and possible support for future collaboration.
IMS to Attend Transatlantic Cluster Initiative in Germany
IMS will participate in the German American Chamber of Commerce Transatlantic Cluster Initiative from May 14-18, 2018 in Germany. The program will focus on Industry 4.0 Technology and will include a robust schedule of workshops, factory tours, and learning sessions. The program will start in Frankfurt, Germany and conclude in Hanover, Germany. IMS is looking forward to the opportunity to meet with German industry professionals and strengthen working
relationships to further collaboration.
IMS Industry 4.0 Workshops 2018: Call for Participants
IMS will conduct a project clustering activity and is seeking active participants for 2018. We will announce the date and venue at a later date.
IMS has been successfully linking manufacturing R&D activities using their project clustering methodology. Please note that this is not a traditional information-sharing workshop, but rather a focused activity designed to form productive collaborations between existing projects.
This year the focus is to stimulate international cooperation in the areas of Industry 4.0: Advanced Robotics, and Industrial Internet of Things. If these topics are of interest to you, you are invited to engage with this activity at no charge.
IMS Invited to Join NACFAM Board
The United States “National Council for Advanced Manufacturing” has invited IMS to sit on their Board of Directors. Mr. Dan Nagy, IMS Managing Director, will be inducted at their annual meeting on 8-9 April, 2015. Mr. Nagy stated “I am pleased to be part of this well-established and distinguished organization and hope to bring an international dimension to the Board”.
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IN THE NEWS
IMS Endorses New Manufacturing Bill
MS International, a non-profit organization helping SME’s integrate advanced manufacturing technologies, and its Board of Directors unanimously endorse the “Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing Act” proposed by Senator Coons and Senator Gardner. We believe these changes will support stability, visionary growth and promote excellence in the institutes through removal of funding limits, expanding their mission to innovate in new sectors, and promote the necessary skilled workforce required. As these new technologies are interconnected, we also support the Act’s improved interagency collaboration to provide system approaches to manufacturing challenges. The Act will help keep our manufacturing sector at the leading edge of innovation.
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