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IMS ManuVation 4.0 Workshop

Pretoria, South Africa


Date: February 25-26, 2019
Location: CSIR International Convention Centre,
Meiring Naude Rd, Brummeria, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa
Registration: Free of Charge (Sponsored by IMS and CSIR)


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The ManuVation project, through its partners, provides workshops to Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SME) in order to help them understand advanced manufacturing technologies, how they help SMEs improve processes, and find inexpensive solutions for integration. 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 your business challenges.  The workshop methodology allows industry to speak to industry about business issues and potential technological solutions. Our intent is to help you find a pathway to low-cost solutions toward advanced manufacturing technologies including sharing best practices, forming small projects, and other follow-on activities. You should leave the workshop with a better understanding of what you can do to remain competitive in the next ten years by up-skilling your workforce and enhancing your manufacturing capabilities.


This event is held in conjunction with the World Manufacturing Forum that will share a valuable report on the global direction of innovation in manufacturing. The results are from a year-long study and interviews from industrialized nations around the globe and proves to provide interesting insight and delivers recommendations to help you stay competitive.


Monday, 25 February, 2019

09:00 – 09:15: Welcome


Martin Sanne

Executive Director, CSIR


Dan Nagy

Managing Director, IMS


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


Prof. David Romero, Ambassador, WMF


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: “The 4th Industrial Revolution Driving Workforce Innovation”  


Dan Nagy, Managing Director, IMS


As the industrial revolution is driving workforce innovation, how do we get workers excited about working with these new manufacturing technologies? What do we need to change in order to educate our future workforce?


10:35 – 11:00: Coffee and Networking


11:00 – 11:45 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.


11:45 – 12:30 Plenary: “South African Aerospace Preparedness and Impact of Digitalization”


Johan Steyn, CEO, Aerosud


The speech intends to give an overview of the current state of the aerospace industry in South Africa and collaborations through CAMASA, CSIR, and universities. Mr. Steyn will present :: new technology streams, discuss the  impact of digitalization on “Design for Certification”. To cap the speech, he will talk about PLM-ERP-MES integrated systems that are needed for manufacturers in order to thrive.


12:30 – 13:00 Plenary: “Pre-Workshop Survey Results and Breakout Sessions”


Steve Ray, IMS Project 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.


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 development on Day 2.


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



Tuesday, 26 February, 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.


10:30 – 10:45: Coffee Break


10:45 – 13:00: IMS Facilitated Workshop


Preliminary work-plan presentation by clusters for presentation.


13:00 – 13:30: Lunch


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


15:00 – 15:30: Wrap-up and Adjourn


Martin Sanne












Martin Sanne, Executive Director: CSIR materials science and manufacturing (MSM), joined the CSIR in January 2016 from an Industry background of IT, telecommunications, electrical engineering and energy industries where he has held various roles during his career. Martin gained extensive experience working across Africa and across the world in the above mentioned fields. Raised in South Africa, Martin most recently headed up the Siemens Africa Smart Grid Energy business providing solutions for utilities (e.g.ESKOM), mines, a broad range of industry types and municipalities in general. Martin brings 28 years of Engineering and Management experience to CSIR with particular experience and skills in engineering/R&D Management, Project Management, Business Development, Sales and Sales Management, Product Management, Strategic Business Planning, and New Ventures which have included full profit and loss responsibility for multi billion rand budgets. Martin was part of the IT/internet startup SEACOM as General Manager of SEACOM South Africa (Pty) Ltd. and Global Head of Sales of SEACOM Ltd., Mauritius where he built sales and sales operations across Africa and internationally. This highly innovative and privately funded company brought the affordable Internet to South and East Africa interconnecting to most international communications service providers. Previous roles included heading up Mobile Network sales at Siemens Telecommunications and Nokia Siemens Networks as Divisional Managing Director and Sales Director in Southern Africa. Key customers included the telcos Telkom, Vodacom, MTN, CellC, and Celtel to name a few. A signifiant part of Martin’s career was built with Siemens AG in Germany where he headed up the line of business for 3G communications solutions at a time when Siemens (then a competitor of Nokia) was amongst the top three GSM and 3G equipment vendors of the world. Other roles at Siemens AG included strategic product portfolio management, product management, technical sales and R&D management. Martin became a registered Professional Engineer in South Africa while he headed up the Engineering Division at Siemens Telecommunications in South Africa in the late 1990’s. This role was part of the Siemens world wide R&D and technical sales support activities in telecommunications. Martin completed a BSc in Electrical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 1984 and a MSc in Digital Systems in Cranfield, England in 1987. In his various roles, Martin has been involved in commercialising intellectual property (IP), seed funding new ventures and setting up technology spin outs and start ups. From 1988 to 1994 he managed research and development and product management leading to the registration of a number of patents in the mobile network and communications networks arena. In the late ‘90s, while he managed the Engineering and R&D group in SA, he for example drove the joint development and IP definition, together with Telkom and Vodacom, of a Distributed Optical Fibre Concentrator and a GSM based vehicle tracking system. These systems were deployed in South Africa and other countries around the world. At the start of the new millennium, as part of the Line of Business Management role, Martin was deeply involved in the R&D and IP development of 3G and the then ultra-ambitious 4G mobile networks. Most recently in the Smart Grid role, he was involved in driving forward new ventures including vendor funding of utility management services.


Johan Steyn










B.Eng (Hons) Mechanical in 1987 at University of Pretoria.

Various Program management courses, and Continuous Improvement strategies such as LEAN and Theory of Constraint and Logical Thinking courses.  He is registered as a professional engineer (Aeronautical) at ECSA, served as a PAC member for more than 10 years.


Managing Director of Aerosud Aviation (Pty) Ltd and a Director of Aerosud Holdings (Pty) Lt and ANDTc, and Chairman of the Board or CAMASA (Commercial Aviation Manufacturing Association of SA)


Aerosud Aviation employs over 600 people in Commercial Aircraft parts Design and Manufacture for the likes of Boeing and Airbus.  The company was recognized as the Manufacturer of the year and Exporter of the year in the Annual Premier Business Awards of 2016 and 2017 respectively.


The Company is involved directly in Industry 4.0 technology applications and collaborations, expanding into a new business offering.

Jack Harris









Jack Harris was the Director of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Rockwell Collins, with over 40 years and retired in September 2011.  In this capacity he was responsible for the strategic direction of manufacturing technologies and process development.  This included the alignment of business unit needs with manufacturing capabilities and implementation of Digital Manufacturing tools and technologies for over a dozen manufacturing locations, worldwide. Over this period, he held a number of executive positions in Operations, Engineering and Advanced Technology.


He has been engaged in economic development in manufacturing for over 25 years and has served as the Vice Chairman of the Iowa Innovation Council and was a member of the state’s Technology Commercialization Committee (TCC).  After his retirement, he launched the Iowa Innovation Corporation (IIC), which is a not- for-profit chartered to foster economic growth in Iowa through technology commercialization.  In this role, he served as the President/CEO of IIC. 


Today he serves as General Manager for the PDES Inc., an international consortium, whose charter is to provide enterprise business value through improved information interoperability and usage and is the CEO of Parametric Studio Inc., a start-up STEM software provider. Representing Aerospace and Defense, Mr. Harris is the Chairman of the Advanced

Manufacturing Committee for the Aerospace States Association.  His Advanced Manufacturing

involvement extends beyond the U.S. borders, where he is the Chairman and past U.S. Head of Delegation for the global Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) International. He holds an AAS and BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Engineering Management. He served in the United States Air Force from 1969 to 1973, as part of Headquarters Command. In 1993, he was recognized with the Collins Pioneer Leadership Award for development and implementation of a computer aided engineering strategy for Commercial Avionics Engineering.


Robert Mansfield











Mr. Robert E. Mansfield Jr., is an Allied Associate in Solomon Bruce Consulting’s Atlanta, GA Office. His practice provides executive level advice and counsel on strategic planning, leadership, supply chain management, operational logistics and business transformation matters. Most recently, he served as Director, National Programs, for the Aerospace States Association (ASA). In this capacity, he managed ASA’s nation-wide programs and initiatives to establish and promote the aerospace objectives of the US states and territories.  He organized the first ever aerospace specific Foreign Direct Investment Exposition in association with the US Department of Commerce, facilitated the association’s Industry 4.0 activities, established the ASA national distinguished service award, and developed strategies to grow ASA membership.

He was the chief architect of the Air Force’s supply transformation initiative to improve weapons systems’ availability, thorough the innovative application of commercial practices.  He led the Department of Defense’s global surplus and excess property operations; reshaping the global organization incorporating best commercial business practices, leveraging information technology, and focusing on customer determined outcomes. Executive leadership roles in which Mr. Mansfield served include the following: Director, National Center for Aerospace Leadership (NCAL) and Principal Investigator, National Aerospace Leadership Initiative (NALI) for the Connecticut Center at the Advanced Technology ( CCAT), East Hartford, CT; Director of Global Supply Chain Services, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Division, Fort Worth, TX; Practice Area Leader, Supply Chain Management, Altaerum Institute, Ann Arbor, MI; Executive Director, Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. In community non-profit executive leadership roles, Mr. Mansfield served in the following positions:  Supply Chain Council’s Aerospace and Defense Special Industry Group (SIG); Member of the  Clarkson University Business School’s Board of Advisors; Emory Riddle Aeronautics University Worldwide Industry Advisory Board; Member of the Defense Science Board 2006 Summer Study on 21st Century Strategic Technology Vectors; Co-Chair, Michigan Governor’s BRAC Task Force in 2005; Connecticut Lt. Governor’s delegate to the Aerospace States Association; Member, Board of Directors of the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM); Member of the Board of Advisors for SecureRF, Westport, CT; Principal Advisor, ASD Global, Walnut Creek, CA; Principal Advisor, SEAM Aerospace, Norman, OK. The President nominated and the Senate confirmed him as a Brigadier General in the United States Air Force.  He served in a wide variety of key command and staff positions in the Department of Defense and Department of the Air Force. He has led and managed industrial production and manufacturing, acquisition, and academic organizations that were required to adapt to changing global economies and environments.


Mr. Mansfield has received numerous awards for his leadership and public service in insuring ethics/integrity, attitudes of excellence and strong organizational achievement were implemented in global organizational climates.


He holds earned degrees from Arizona State University, cum laude (B.S.), Air Force Institute

of Technology, (M.S.), Air War College (Diploma), Defense Systems Management College (Diploma). He holds Defense Acquisition Worker Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification in Acquisition Logistics Management (level III) and Program Management (level II), and is a fully qualified Joint Service Officer (JSO).

Dan Nagy








As Managing Director of the Inter-Regional Secretariat of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, Mr. Nagy is currently responsible for oversight of activities related to the IMS international program including general management, marketing, finance, project portfolio, and outreach activities.


Mr. Nagy was a former manager of corporate accounts for Apogent Technologies, where he guided sales and marketing of microbiology, serology, immunology, pathology, drugs of abuse, and special chemistry products to large accounts. He developed and implemented contracts with major group purchasing organizations and large commercial laboratories, and pioneered group contracting with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and Department of Defense.


In his early career, he worked as a medical technologist and laboratory manager.Mr. Nagy holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lycoming College, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Baker University. He also holds certification in medical laboratory technology and other certifications.

Steve Ray











Dr. Steven Ray is a Distinguished Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley, where he researches information interoperability and standards in application domains including smart electrical grid, medical devices, disaster management, and manufacturing. A common theme of his work is the use of ontologies and formal representations to ensure unamibiguous definitions of terms and relations. He has a twenty-seven year track record of initiating and leading technical R&D projects at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. For the past decade, he was responsible for the management of a $10-13M division of 60 staff and visiting researchers dedicated to the solution of national problems related to measurements and standards supporting systems interoperation in the manufacturing sector. He led the establishment of a new extramural program (TIMA - Technologies for the Integration of Manufacturing Applications) on assignment to the NIST Advanced Technology Program. He served for one year as Chairman of the IGES/PDES Organization that coordinated the U.S. participation in the creation of the STEP product data standard (STEP - Standard for the Exchange of Product Model Data, ISO 10303). The STEP standard has yielded documented savings to manufacturers of $200M/year (2002), projecting to $1B/year. Dr. Ray has twice been awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal since joining NIST as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow. He is a member of ASME and SME.

David Romero












Professor David Romero is a Senior Research Scientist and Scientific Project Manager at the Center for Innovation in Design and Technology of the Tecnológico de Monterrey University in Mexico, as well as National Academia Representative and Coach for the Regional Secretariat of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems - Mexico. His research interests include: Circular Manufacturing, Service Engineering, Cyber-Physical Systems & Human Systems, Advanced Production Management Systems, Green Virtual Enterprises, and Technology and Engineering Management. He is a member of the Society of Collaborative Networks, the IFAC TC5.3 on Enterprise Integration and Networking, the IFIP WG5.7 on Advances in Production Management Systems, the IFIP WG5.12 on Architectures for Enterprise Integration, the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society and the IEEE Internet of Things Community. Furthermore, he is an agenda contributor at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on “Shaping the Future of Production”. He has published more than 100 journal and international conference articles and serves at different editorial and scientific committee boards in the disciplines of business and industrial engineering. Nowadays is focus on promoting the concept of the Operator 4.0.

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