April 15, 2019
IMS Board endorses NACFAM lobbying on behalf of U.S. Manufacturing
IMS signs MOU with CAM-i
IMS signs MOU with NCMS
IMS hosts ManuVation Workshop in Pretoria, South Africa
IMS to host ManuVation Workshop and WMF Regional Event in Huntsville, AL
IMS and BSA to partner for World Scout Jamboree
WMF open call
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Additive Manufacturing (often referred to as simply “AM”) is the process of adding layers of material (plastic, metal, concrete, etc.) upon one another to create a product. Additive Manufacturing has the capacity to complement and augment current manufacturing processes in the future. In three to five years, manufacturers will plan for Additive Manufacturing opportunities from product inception through design and production, in order to increase efficiencies, save money, and rapidly prototype. Learn more about opportunities.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Virtual reality, most commonly referred to as simply “VR,” utilizes computer-generated simulations of three dimensional images or environments that users can interact with in a seemingly “real” way through wearing special equipment such as VR headsets and hand-held sensors or stepping into immersive multi-screen physical environments. Augmented reality, or “AR,” is less immersive than VR, overlaying computer-generated images on real-world objects and environments, viewed through technology-enabled glasses or with a mobile-device application. Manufacturers can achieve greater cost and time efficiencies by utilizing virtual and augmented reality technology to
simulate real-world scenarios. These technologies are critical to compete and achieve scale in a global economy of larger and greater-resourced manufacturers. Many manufacturers are already utilizing and experimenting with VR/AR to better equip their technicians for machine repairs, employee training, architectural development, equipment sales, and more.
Robotics and Automation
Robotics incorporates multiple engineering disciplines to design, build, program, and use robots to complete tasks – in our focus, manufacturing tasks. The purpose of industrial robots varies, and can include movement of products, materials, parts, and tools, as well as completing a wide variety of programmed tasks. Industrial automation involves using machines, robots, and control systems to automate tasks within a manufacturing process. Automation uses a variety
of technologies, including computer hardware, software, and machines, to perform tasks usually done by human workers. Robotics & Automation has the capacity to augment and replace current manufacturing processes in the future. Workers now are producing 47% more than 20 years ago. Through the development of automation, robotics, and advanced manufacturing, the sector has bounced back along with the overall economy. In three to five years, manufacturers
will plan for Robotics & Automation opportunities when designing factory layouts, engineering and designing products, and upskilling current employees to increase efficiencies, save money, and remain competitive.
Enterprise Resource Planning
ERP platforms are usually referred to as a category of business-management software – typically a suite of integrated applications – that an organization can use to collect, store, manage and interpret data from these many business activities. ERP provides an integrated and continuously updated view of core business processes using common databases maintained by a database management system. Each ERP Guidebook is created with the business growth needs of small and medium manufacturers in mind. By utilizing the information in this guidebook, you are taking the first steps to creating a competitive advantage for your company by innovating in the face of disruptive technologies.
Digital B2B Platforms
“Digital B2B Platforms” encompass all the digital communications, sales, commerce, and engagement channels that manufacturers can use to communicate with prospects, customers, employees, and colleagues. From websites to social media, email marketing to online video, manufacturers utilize Digital B2B Platforms to connect with their audiences throughout every phase of their online decision journey.
“Data Analytics” in manufacturing is the strategic use of data collected from a wide range of business areas (eg. supply chain, finance, sales, marketing, machine sensors, distributors, customers, vendors, and more) to inform product and operational decisions. Data can be generated from external or internal sources, or even machine-to-machine interactions
via the “Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).” Manufacturers are increasingly pressured to make decisions quickly, and even predictively, to retain product quality, achieve onsite safety standards, and remain competitive on national and global levels. Decision-making must be based on data.
Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility among suppliers. Many manufacturers interact with large customers or they do business with defense organizations. These organizations are constantly raising the bar requiring that their suppliers’ systems are adequately protected. Why? Because criminals find the weakest link, and once one system is compromised it moves around the supply chain leading to data theft, corruption, and business disruption. You can create a competitive advantage by being known as a leader in Cybersecurity and a place in the supply chain where
customers have confidence that their data and systems are safe.
Manufacturers can be more fast and flexible as well as more visible and accessible to new customers, partners and geographies by utilizing CAD/CAM systems. Building your part related data online and being able to update and share that data with suppliers and customers is critical to competing in a global economy where access to potential manufacturing partners is seemingly unlimited and business information travels fast. The definition of “business as usual” has evolved to “going digital” is now crucial for manufacturer survival.
IMS 2020 Roadmap
The IMS2020 Roadmap shows a realistic and desirable future for manufacturing which can be achieved if the identified research topics and their supporting actions are put in place through international collaboration. Within the current global manufacturing context, the transformation process - that requires technological innovation as a core aspect - is influenced by other factors such as economic, social and environmental that refer to sustainability perspective.
The IMS2020 research actions, which cluster research topics, frame future technology development with regard to three important aspects of manufacturing: the economy with market and consumers’ implications; environment with environmental issues; society with political and ethical implications. The main areas of research action are:
1. Technologies for Sustainability: Holistic view of product cycles in the manufacturing industry and life-cycle-optimization of manufacturing systems, products and services
2. Scarce Resources Management: Material reuse optimization, reducing global consumption of engineering materials (i.e. hydrocarbon fuels; metals and polymers)
3. Sustainable Lifecycle of Products and Production systems: Performance and Quality of products, services and processes, and safety of people, but also of the related facilities and infrastructure
4. Sustainable Product and Production: Contribution towards the modernization of industry by improving the quality of product information and ease of access to information at the design, production, utilization and end of life stages
5. Sustainable Businesses: Managing all the conflicting aspects of sustainability in an integrated manner, focusing not only on environmental or social performances but also on sustainability of business
ANNUAL REPORT 2017
Annual Report for 2017 forthcoming.
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