Leveraging International Collaboration through the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) Program

Thomas B. Messervey



Dr. Thomas Messervey serves as the EU Facilitator for the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) Program. From industry, he helps EU projects connect internationally through IMS to make the best use of current opportunities in running projects or to strengthen dissemination/exploitation plans in proposal development through international collaboration. He is the CEO of Research to Market Solution s.r.l. (R2M) and specialises in the development and use of sensor technologies, sensor embedded materials, and the use of measurement data for new processes and applications. Within IMS, he was the coordinator of the IMS MTP Project “Industrial Smart Material Applications (ISMA).


IMS is an industry-led, government sponsored, 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 between the participating regions. Currently, these regions include the European Union, Mexico, Korea, Switzerland, and the United States of America. Other Regions are encouraged to join the IMS program.
This presentation will introduce IMS, highlight ongoing “Manufacturing Technology Platform” (MTP) projects in the field of automation, review IMS targeted FP7 calls currently open, and detail how to leverage IMS’s 17 year history of manufacturing research and success through international consortium building, coaching services, publications, workshops, and the World Manufacturing Forum.