United States Assumes the Chair for the IMS International Manufacturing R&D Collaboration Program

Jack Harris, former Rockwell Collins Director of Advanced Manufacturing Technology and currently General Manager for the PDES Inc., Chairman of the Advanced Manufacturing Working Group for the U.S. Aerospace States Association and CEO for Parametric Studio Inc., an Aerospace and Engineering STEM software company, assumed the chair of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems International (IMS). Jack Harris was introduced as the incoming Chairman of IMS at the November 2017 World Manufacturing Forum (WMF).

His focus during the U.S. Chairmanship will be small and medium enterprise (SME) manufacturing growth and sustainability through Industry 4.0 technologies, enabled by the launch of a new manufacturing innovation program entitled ManuVation 4.0. Mr. Harris will also focus on a new IMS model based on working with local and regional economic development groups in addition to federal governments. Supplementary to his role at IMS, he will become part of the steering body for the new Italian-based World Manufacturing Forum Foundation. As IMS contributes its WMF intellectual property to the foundation with partners from Confindustria and Politecnico di Milano, Mr. Harris will help guide development of the foundation.

About IMS:

IMS is an industry-led, international business innovation and research and development (R&D) program established to develop the next generation of manufacturing and processing technologies through multi-lateral collaboration. IMS projects help manufacturers adapt to rapidly advancing technologies. The IMS program provides the framework and support for conducting international research among large business enterprises, small and medium enterprises, universities, and research institutions. The organization offers workshops, project coaching services, Industry 4.0 guides, participation in regional World Manufacturing Forum events, and an international collaborative environment for a robust exchange of ideas and synergy creation.

For further information, please visit www.ims.org and www.worldmanufacturingforum.org.