IMS To Convene Global Forum To Discuss Future Trends In Global Manufacturing And Collaboration

WASHINGTON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 29, 2004— One of the world's most important manufacturing research and development meetings, sponsored by Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) International, Inc., will be taking place in Milan, Italy, in May.

Global manufacturing companies, government R&D agencies and funding sources, leading university researchers and small- and medium-sized companies from around the world will be gathering to discuss the future prospects for collaboration and the next phase of the global Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) program.

The International IMS Forum 2004 will be held in the Villa Erba - Cernobbio, Lake Como in Italy, on May 17 - 19. It is the culminating event of the first 10-year phase of the IMS program, a large-scale, cost-sharing R&D initiative that involves industry, academia, research organizations and governments from Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.

Hundreds of attendees from around the world will discuss the technical results of IMS to date and investigate the potential for future manufacturing research, technology and applications. Sessions will be chaired by the leading minds in their respective fields and will include topics such as innovative design, quality management, modeling and simulation, virtual engineering, nanotechnology, unmanned factories, supply chain performance measures, services, lean manufacturing, education issues, intelligent devices, robots, process controls and fault detection, among others.

To date, more than 450 companies, universities and research institutes have participated in dozens of large-scale collaborative IMS programs pursuing the leading edges of manufacturing R&D. Companies from the United States that have participated say IMS has introduced them to the best researchers and global companies in their respective fields, from specialized machine tool builders in Germany to nano-materials firms in Asia. "IMS opens the door to find out what's happening in other regions," says Dr. Sujeet Chand, an Chief Technology Officer for Rockwell Automation.

The meeting in Italy will focus on the global challenges in manufacturing "and look at how multiple organizations from around the world are able to partner and collaborate in the area of intellectual property," says Kevin Lewis, managing director of the IMS Inter-Regional Secretariat based in Washington, D.C. "We are seeing the realization that global collaboration is going to be a very key part of any organization's success. Sharing resources in the right way is going to be very critical to how companies and economies are going to grow in the future."

Conference participants also will be discussing the creation of Communities of Common Interest (CCI). Under the IMS umbrella, these "rapid response networks" from academia, government and industry will collaborate and discuss R&D subjects that show immediate potential and the need for joint action.

Members of the press, corporate representatives and researchers interested in learning more about future manufacturing trends and IMS are invited to attend.

To view the complete program for the event and to register, please go to http://www.ims.org and click on the IMS International Forum 2004 button.



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