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Wed, Jun 26


Lincoln Mill Building

IMS ManuVation 4.0 Workshop and World Manufacturing Forum Regional Event- Huntsville, Alabama

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IMS ManuVation 4.0 Workshop and World Manufacturing Forum Regional Event- Huntsville, Alabama
IMS ManuVation 4.0 Workshop and World Manufacturing Forum Regional Event- Huntsville, Alabama

Time & Location

Jun 26, 2019, 9:00 AM – Jun 27, 2019, 4:00 PM

Lincoln Mill Building, 1300 Meridian St N, Huntsville, AL 35801, USA

About The Event

IMS ManuVation 4.0 Workshop and World Manufacturing Forum Regional Event

Through its partners, the IMS ManuVation project provides workshops to help companies understand advanced manufacturing technologies, how they help improve processes, and find inexpensive solutions for integration. This is particularly helpful to Small-to Medium Sized enterprises and can also be helpful to supply chains of large companies. The workshop is intended to help companies find a pathway to low-cost solutions toward advanced manufacturing technologies including sharing best practices, forming small projects, and other follow-on activities. Participants should leave the workshop with a better understanding of what it can do to remain competitive in the next ten years by up-skilling its workforce and enhancing manufacturing capabilities.

Following a brief survey of registered participants, IMS will customize the workshop to topics selected from survey respondents to insure the workshop is relevant to their business challenges. The workshop methodology allows industry to speak to industry about business issues and potential technological solutions.

Workshop Schedule

Day 1, Wednesday, June 26 2019

09:00 – 09:15: Welcome


Jack Harris

Chair, IMS International

Mr. Harris will welcome the participants and give a brief overview of the ManuVation program, services, and its constellation of supporting organizations.


09:15– 10:15 Plenary: “WMF Global Manufacturing Report”                      

Speaker pending.

This report is the culmination of a world-wide survey of industry leaders to understand the direction of manufacturing and the challenges that may evolve. The report will include ten recommendations for manufacturers that they should consider for success.

There will be a five-minute Q&A.

10:15 – 10:35: Plenary: “Cyber Security for Small-to-Medium Manufacturers”                      

Rebecca Taylor, Senior Vice President, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences

This session will reflect on cyber security risks for SME’s and direct participants toward current guidelines and solutions to mitigate risk. There will be a five-minute Q&A.


10:35 – 11:00: Coffee and Networking

11:00 – 11:30 Plenary: “The 4th Industrial Revolution Driving Workforce Innovation”  

Dan Nagy, Managing Director, IMS

As the industrial revolution is driving workforce innovation, how do we engage and train workers to meet the rapid pace demands from these new manufacturing technologies? What do we need to change in order to educate our future workforce?


11:30 – 12:15 Plenary: “Aerospace Readiness”

Robert Mansfield, Solomon Bruce Consulting

Mr. Mansfield will give an overview of challenges in the aerospace industry and how to position your company to be a valued supply chain partner.

12:15 – 13:00 Plenary: “Pre-Workshop Survey Results and Breakout Sessions”

Dr. Steve Ray, IMS Facilitator/Coach

Dr. Ray will give results from the brief survey that was distributed, discuss how the workshop works and how it benefits you and your company to participate. He will also show opportunities to join existing projects.

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch


14:00: Move to Breakout Rooms


14:00 – 16:00 Breakout: IMS Facilitated Workshop

Introductions, topics explored, exercises begin. Topics emerge, top three selected for further project development on Day 2.


16:00 – 16:30 Plenary: End of Day One Wrap-up and Adjourn

18:00: Cocktail Hour and Dinner


Day 2, Thursday, June 27 2019


09:00 – 09:15 Plenary: Welcome and Review of Today’s Goals


09:15 – 10:30 Breakout: IMS Facilitated Workshop


Top two topics selected are further developed. Cross expression of interest and cluster formation summaries are written and prepared for plenary session. IMS provide on-line project management software illustrated with populated projects and break-out groups work together on objectives and deliverables.


10:30 – 10:45: Coffee Break


10:45 – 13:00: IMS Facilitated Workshop


Continued facilitation of projects, next steps. IMS explains further shepherding of nascent projects.


13:00 – 13:30: Lunch


13:30 – 15:00 Plenary: Workshop Results, Next Steps, and Discussion


15:00 – 15:30: Wrap-up and Adjourn





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    Registration: IMS ManuVation 4.0 Workshop, Hunstville, Alabama






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