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The programme of the International IMS Day, 1999, was structured into three distinct parts. The first block was devoted to the general issues driving global manufacturing and the future of IMS.

The second part was based on contributions from the IMS project participants and was devoted to the technologies driving IMS and to the benefits and technical results achieved or expected through international collaboration. The contributions by the representatives of the IMS projects were moderated and complemented by four independent experts covering the four thematic clusters, "Virtual Manufacturing", "Next Generation Intelligent Equipment", "IT Enabled Manufacturing" and "Advanced Design Technologies".

The third part dealt with the IMS IPR framework and the way it had proved to work in practise.

There was also a Round Table with experts from industry, research and government who assessed the work during the day and further developed the strategic issues relating to the future of IMS. IMS.

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Authors: JERING D, RTD-DG, European Commission, Brussels (BE);GARELLO P, INFSO-DG, European Commission, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: First Assessment of the IMS Scheme 1999 (1999) pp. 157
Availability: Available from DG-Research, European Commission
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