European IMS Newsletter

Issue No. 27, March 2010

In this issue


Industrie Paris 2010 - Manufacturing technologies exhibition
22-26 March 2010 , Paris Nord Villepinte, France

Interoperability for Enterprise Software and Applications (I-ESA 2010) - Conference theme: "Making the Internet of the Future for the Future of Enterprise"
12-14 April , Coventry, UK

Intersolar 2010 - Intersolar brings people and markets together under the guiding principle, "Connecting Solar Business".
9-11 June 2010 , Munich, Germany

ICE2010: 16th International Conference on Concurrent Enterprising - This year's theme "Collaborative Environments for Sustainable Innovation" focuses on issues such as: real-time location & identification, co-creation, co-innovation & open innovation, collaborative engineering for sustainability, collaborative mobile devices and mobile engineering, concurrent engineering methods & processes, factories of the future, interoperability for networked business, knowledge management, representation & visualisation, Living Labs, product lifecycle management, virtual organisations & communities and virtual collaborative environments.
21-23 June 2010 , Lugano, Switzerland

Zero Waste in Industrial Networks (ZeroWIN) Vision Conference - Keynote speakers will discuss the challenge facing industry to eliminate waste and become more sustainable through harnessing the potential of industrial networks. Workshops will focus on the ambitions and challenges of pursuing a zero waste vision – how can entrepreneurship in industrial networks eliminate waste? The partners of project ZeroWIN would like participants to have the opportunity to influence the ZeroWIN vision and share in the outcomes, ranging from practical assessment tools and eco-design implementation in nine product cases to engaging with policy processes, each contributing to achieving best practice in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste and water use. Contact: Dr Bernd Kopacek
6 July 2010 , Southampton, UK

9th IFIP International Conference on Information Technology for Balanced Automation Systems (BASYS 2010) - The conference will be a forum to share visions and research findings on innovative, sustainable and knowledge-based product/service and manufacturing models. A particular focus will be on human actors, emerging technologies and organisations, but also on approaches in automation where synergies between people, systems and organisations can be used to redefine value-creation.
21-23 July 2010 , Valencia, Spain

IFIP - Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises - The 2010 IFIP Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE'10 welcomes papers referring to Collaborative Networks for a Sustainable World and Modelling and Managing Competences in Collaborative Networks.
11-13 October 2010 , Saint-Etienne, France

About IMS

The Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) initiative encourages the formation of international research consortia to address 21st century manufacturing technologies and systems to benefit humanity. IMS members currently include the EU and Norway, Japan, Korea, Switzerland and the United States of America. In Europe IMS is supported by the 7th Framework Programme’s (FP7) Cooperation Themes ICT and NMP.

For further information about IMS, please visit IMS on CORDIS or IMS International .

PROMISE follow-on activities to focus on standardisation under the Open Group

Standards are necessary to support the natural progression and extension of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). The outcomes of IMS project PROMISE support and even exceed conventional PLM, i.e. by exploiting common information exchange technologies in industrial lifecycles such as healthcare, supply chain and logistics, food, beverage, pharmaceutical pedigree and traceability. A "quantum leap" is therefore needed to harness the various technology offers towards an “Internet of Things” scenario, by embracing trillions of entities likely to be introduced into product lifecycle management in the future.

The recently formed Quantum Lifecycle Management (QLM) Consortium aims at developing and consolidating PLM standards. In addition to developing those standards and best practices through the Open Group’s proven methodology, the Consortium will also work towards promoting these in order to ensure broad cross-industry market adoption. By providing a vendor- and technology-neutral environment to build on the achievements of the PROMISE project and similar initiatives, motivated members who share the vision of consolidating and creating open standards will come together to resolve the exponentially growing challenges in PLM. Three of the five thematic areas of IMS concern Sustainable Manufacturing, Key Technologies and Standards. QLM proposes a standardisation framework that supports sustainable manufacturing in which lifecycle aspects are important elements. On the other hand QLM implementations will strongly be based on the use of key technologies such information devices embedded in products. Last but not least, QLM will succeed only if it can build up critical mass at a global level. Therefore, international collaboration under the IMS programme is of high relevance to the QLM Consortium. Large and small enterprises, suppliers and customers, academic institutions, research groups and government agencies who share the vision of Making Standards Work™ for holistic lifecycle management are welcome to join. The Consortium's activities will be launched at the Open Group’s Conference in Rome, 26-30 April 2010.

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Latest News

European Commission proposes "Europe 2020" strategy

On 3 March 2010, the European Commission launched the Europe 2020 Strategy to overcome the crisis and prepare the EU economy for the next decade. Its Communication identifies three key drivers for growth, to be implemented through concrete actions at EU and national levels: smart growth (fostering knowledge, innovation, education and digital society), sustainable growth (making our production more resource efficient while boosting our competitiveness) and inclusive growth (raising participation in the labour market, the acquisition of skills and the fight against poverty). The battle for growth and jobs requires ownership at top political level and mobilisation from all actors across Europe. Five targets are set which define where the EU should be by 2020 and against which progress can be tracked: 75 % of the population aged 20-64 should be employed; 3% of the EU's GDP should be invested in R&D; The "20/20/20" climate/energy targets should be met; The share of early school leavers should be under 10% and at least 40% of the younger generation should have a degree or diploma; 20 million less people should be at risk of poverty. Progress towards these objectives will be measured against five representative headline EU-level targets, which Member States will be asked to translate into national targets reflecting starting points:

In order to meet the targets, the Commission proposes a Europe 2020 agenda consisting of a series of flagship initiatives. Implementing these initiatives is a shared priority, and action will be required at all levels: EU-level organisations, Member States, local and regional authorities.

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EuroNews video on reverse manufacturing: "Making ship breaking a safer craft"

Every day, hundreds of workers dismantle large vessels at Aliağa, Turkey, in the heart of ancient Aeolia. Ships are pulled ashore and cut, piece by piece, over the concrete floor – to prevent any leftover fuel and toxic waste from polluting the ground or spilling into water. Piles of sorted scrap metal are sent to melting plants that provide up to 3 percent of Turkey’s gross steel production.

Dimitris Ayvatoğlu owns a shipyard in Aliaga. He explains his trade: “Eventually ships grow older and they need to be disposed of, and the right way to dispose of them is actually to recycle them. There’s a lot of steel onboard the ships – they are made of steel primarily, but there also are other reusable and recyclable materials.”

Worldwide, between 200 and 600 large ships are dismantled every year. Amid concerns about the human and environmental impact of this industry, the EU is funding a research project aimed to make shipbreaking safer and greener. It’s called DIVEST (Dismantling of Vessels with Enhanced Safety and Technology) and it looks into every social, technical, economic and environmental aspect of shipbreaking. Project coordinator Jean-Christophe Saint-Genies spoke of the scheme’s merits: “What’s unique about our project is the holistic approach to it; the whole integrated approach based on actual studies carried out by the shipbreaking community or even by public bodies. It’s also based on real case studies and analysis done within the industry on different aspects and dimensions of the practice of dismantling,” he said. Despite international efforts to establish common standards for ship dismantling, current methods and conditions differ significantly from one country to another.

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EU to provide 45,000 micro-loans to unemployed and small entrepreneurs

On 8 March 2010 EU Employment and Social Affairs Ministers agreed on a new facility to provide loans to people who have lost their jobs and want to start or further develop their own small business. The European Microfinance Facility will have a starting budget of € 100 million. The initiative is part of EU's response to the crisis and is especially targeted at people who cannot normally obtain credit because of the economic crisis and the current lack of credit supply.

Those helped under the initiative will also be able to benefit from mentoring, training and coaching as well as assistance in preparing a business plan, in close cooperation with the existing European Social Fund. The initial budget of € 100 million is expected to leverage € 500 million of credit in cooperation with international financial institutions such as the EIB Group. This could result in around 45,000 loans over a period of up to eight years. In addition, the possibility for the same people to benefit from interest rate rebates through the European Social Fund will make it easier for them to start their new business.

Micro-credit in this Facility means loans under €25,000. It is tailored to micro-enterprises, employing fewer than 10 people (91% of all European businesses), and unemployed or inactive people who want to go into self-employment but do not have access to traditional banking services. 99% of start-ups in Europe are micro or small enterprises and one third of these are launched by people who are unemployed. The Facility will be operational from June 2010.

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