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STC O - Production Systems and Organizations

The meetings of the Scientific Technical Committee O were held on 22nd February 2018 in Paris (74 members, 14 research affiliates, 13 guests), and on 24th August 2018 in Tokyo (50 members, 12 research affiliates, 12 guests).

The major activities of STC O were the following:=

CIRP Manufacturing Systems Conferences (CMS)

Short reports on the organization and preparation of CIRP CMS conferences were delivered:

  • 2018: 51st Conference, Stockholm, Sweden 
  • 2019: 52nd Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 2020: 53rd Conference Chicago, USA
  • 2021: 54nd Conference, Athens, Greece

Keynote Papers

Actual status of keynote papers were presented and discussed in detail:

  • 2018: Value creation in production: reconsideration from interdisciplinary approaches by T. Kaihara, N. Nishino, K. Ueda†, M. Tseng, J. Váncza, P. Schönsleben, R. Teti, T. Takenaka
  • 2019: Global production networks by G. Lanza, K. Ferdows, S. Kara, D. Mourtzis, G. Schuh, J. Váncza, L. Wang, H-P. Wiendahl

At the Winter Meeting, it was approved that the 2020 keynote paper will be:

  • Big data analytics and utilization in future smart factories by R. X. Gao, L. Wang, R. Teti M. Helu

In August, it was decided that the 2021 keynote paper will be:

  • Manufacturing systems evolution and future by H. ElMaraghy, L. Monostori, G. Schuh, W. ElMaraghy

Paper Presentations and Technical Reports

During the General Assembly in Tokyo one plenary keynote paper (by T. Kaihara), and in the STC O session 21 regular papers were presented and discussed.

At the two STC O Meetings in 2018, a total of 16 technical presentations (8 in February, and 8 in August) were delivered and discussed. Most of the technical talks were organized around special topics such as

  • human-oriented changeability in cyber-physical production, and
  • revival of artificial intelligence in manufacturing.

Support of Collaborative Working Groups

  • In February, the initiative of a new CWG on Industrial Symbiosis in Discrete Manufacturing was presented.
  • In February, the topic of Biologicalisation – Biological Transformation in Manufacturing (presented by G. Byrne) was discussed, and in August support for a new CWG on Biological Transformation in Manufacturing was provided.
  • STC O was represented by ambassadors at the meetings of the CWG on Additive Manufacturing (in February by G. Lanza; in August by J. Váncza).

STC O officers

Chair: J. Váncza
Vice-Chair: G. Lanza
Secretary: T. Tolio

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The meetings of the Scientific Technical Committee O were held on 16th February 2017 in Paris (65 members, 21 research affiliates, 29 guests), and on 25th August 2017 in Lugano (60 members, 13 research affiliates, 20 guests).

The major activities of STC O were the following:

Manufacturing Systems Conferences

Proposal was approved to have:
• The 53rd CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems (CMS) on July 6-9, 2020 (tentative), in Chicago, USA. The conference will be organized by the Northwestern University and be co-located with IFSA (International Flexible Automation Conference co-sponsored by ASME, IEEE and JSME). Conference co-chairmen: J. Cao and R. Gao.

Keynote Papers

At the Winter Meeting, it was approved that the
• 2019 keynote paper will be Dynamic global production networks coordinated by G. Lanza, co-authored by K. Ferdows, S. Kara, D. Mourtzis, G. Schuh, J. Váncza, L. Wang, H.-P. Wiendahl.

Proposals for future STC O keynote papers were presented as follows:
• 2020: Big data analytics and utilization in future smart factories coordinated by R.X. Gao, co-authored by L. Wang, R. Teti et al.
• 2021: Formalisms, formal techniques and formal theories in manufacturing systems coordinated by G.D. Putnik and co-authored by P. Butala, R. Sousa, V. Shah.

Paper Presentations and Technical Reports

During the STC O paper session at the General Assembly in Lugano, one keynote paper (by E. Abele) and 16 session papers were presented and discussed.
At the two STC O Meetings in 2017, a total of 13 technical presentations (6 in February, and 7 in August) were delivered and discussed. Most of the technical talks were organized around special topics such as robustness and cooperation. In August, an invited talk was also delivered (K. Ferdows).

Support of Collaborative Working Groups

• In February, support of the Collaborative Working Group on Urban Factories was confirmed. The CWG will be hosted by STC O.
• In August, STC O’s support for a new CWG on Additive Manufacturing was provided.

Election of STC O officers

There were no elections in 2017.

The meetings of the Scientific Technical Committee O were held on February 18th, 2016 in Paris (66 members, 25 research affiliates, 25 guests), and on August 26th, 2016 in Guimarães, Portugal (56 members, 12 research affiliates, 17 guests).

The major activities of STC O were the following:

Manufacturing Systems Conferences

Proposals were approved to have:
• the 52nd CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems (CMS) to be held 2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The focus will be set on manufacturing systems for the future society. Conference chairmen: P. Butala, E. Govekar.
• the 54th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems (CMS) to be held 2021 in Athens, Greece. The title will be “Towards Smarter Manufacturing”. Conference chairmen: G. Chryssolouris, D. Mourtzis, S. Makris.

Keynote Papers

At the Winter Meeting, it was approved that the
• 2018 Keynote Paper will be “Value Creation in Production: Reconsideration from Interdisciplinary Approaches”, co-ordinated by T. Kaihara and co-authored by N. Nishino, K. Ueda†, M. Tseng, J. Váncza, P. Schönsleben, R. Teti,…
• Cross-STC Keynote, “Design, Management and Control of Demanufacturing / Remanufacturing Systems” co-ordinated by T. Tolio and co-authored by A. Bernard, M. Colledani, S. Kara, G. Seliger…

At the GA August Meeting, a proposal for the 2019 Keynote Paper was renewed (the final decision will be made during the 2017 Winter Meeting in Paris):
• “Global Production Networks” co-ordinated by G. Lanza
Moreover, during the GA August Meeting one new Keynote Paper proposal was presented:
• 2020 STC O Keynote, “Big Data Analytics and Utilization in Future Smart Factory” (R. Gao, …)

Paper Presentations and Technical Reports

During the STC O Paper Session at the General Assembly in Guimarães, one keynote paper (by L. Monostori) and 17 session papers were presented and discussed.

At the two STC O Meetings in 2016, a total of 15 technical presentations (7 in February, and 8 in August) were delivered and discussed.

Election of STC O officers

Chair: J. Váncza,
Vice Chair: G. Lanza,
Secretary: T. Tolio

Further matters

Because of the sudden death of K. Ueda, a short memorial was given by E. Westkämper. As regards the CMS series coordinated by K. Ueda, an STC-O board was formed under the coordination of R. Teti to guide and renew the working group concerning CMS organizational issues and relevant topics of CMS. Other colleagues were asked to support in an open group.

The meetings of the Scientific Technical Committee O were held on 19th February 2015 in Paris (81 members, 19 research affiliates, 31 guests), and on 28th August 2015 in Cape Town (44 members, 13 research affiliates, 18 guests).

The major activities of STC O were the following:

Manufacturing Systems Conferences

Proposals were approved to have:
• the 51th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems (CMS) to be held on 16th-18th May 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden with conference chairmen: L. Wang.

Keynote Papers

At the Winter Meeting, it was approved that the
• 2017 Keynote Paper will be “Learning Factories for Future Oriented Research and Education in Manufacturing”, co-ordinated by E. Abele and co-authored by G. Chryssolouris, W. Sihn, J. Metternich, H. ElMaraghy, G. Seliger, G. Sivard, W. ElMaraghy, V. Hummel, M. Tisch, S. Seifermann.
At the GA August Meeting, a proposal for the 2018 Keynote Paper was renewed (the final decision will be made during the 2016 Winter Meeting in Paris):
• “Value Creation in Production: Reconsideration from Interdisciplinary Approaches”(formerly entitled “Social Science Perspective of Manufacturing”) co-ordinated by T. Kaihara and co-authored by N. Nishino, K. Ueda. M. Tseng, J. Váncza, P. Schönsleben.

Moreover, during the GA August Meeting, two new Keynote Paper proposals were presented:
• 2019 STC O Keynote, “Global Production Networks” (G. Lanza, …)
• Cross-STC Keynote, for presentation as early as possible according to the decision of the Cross-STC Board, “Design, Management and Control of Demanufacturing / Remanufacturing Systems” (T. Tolio, A. Bernard, M. Colledani, S. Kara, G. Seliger, …)
Paper Presentations and Technical Reports
During the STC O Paper Session at the General Assembly in Cape Town, one keynote paper (by R. Gao) and 21 session papers were presented and discussed.
At the two STC O Meetings in 2015, a total of 13 technical presentations (6 in February, and 7 in August) were delivered and discussed.

Corporate Members' Activities and Issues

During the Paris Winter Meeting and the GA Meeting in August, STC O Vice-Chairman J. Váncza reported on the CMAG meetings and the aim of CIRP to encourage paper presentations of Corporate Members.

Election of STC O officers

There were no elections in 2015.

The meetings of the Scientific Technical Committee O were held on January 23rd, 2014 in Paris, France (64 members, 16 research affiliates, 29 guests), and on August 29th, 2014 in Nantes, France (57 members, 15 research affiliates, 15 guests).

The major activities of STC O were the following:

Manufacturing Systems Conferences

Proposals were approved to have:
• the 49th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems (CMS), 25th-27th May 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany, with conference chairmen: E. Westkämper and T. Bauernhansl
• the 50th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems (CMS), 3rd-5th May 2017 in Taichung, Taiwan, with conference chairmen: B. J. Lee and J.H. Huang.

Keynote Papers

At the January Meeting, it was approved that the 2016 Keynote Paper will be “Cyber-physical systems in manufacturing”, co-ordinated by L. Monostori and B. Kádár, and co-authored by T. Bauernhansl, S. Kondoh, S. Kumara, G. Reinhart, O. Sauer, W. Sihn, K. Ueda.
For 2017 two proposals were presented:
• “Social science perspective of manufacturing” (T. Kaihara, N. Nishino, K. Ueda, M. Tseng, J. Vancza, …)
• “Learning Factories for future oriented research and education in manufacturing” (E. Abele, G. Chryssolouris, W. Sihn, J. Metternich, …)

During the GA in Nantes, the audience supported both proposals and asked to find a way to accept both of them. The decision will be done in February 2015. L. Monostori suggested a shift of the social science approach to the GA that will be held in Japan in 2018 with respect to the CWG on Learning Factories which will end in August 2016.

Paper Presentations and Technical Reports

During the STC O Paper Session at the General Assembly in Nantes, France, one keynote paper (by T. Tolio) and 18 session papers were presented and discussed.
At the two STC O Meetings in 2014, a total of 17 technical presentations (7 in January, and 10 in August) were delivered and discussed.

Corporate Members' Activities and Issues

During the Paris January Meeting and the GA in August, STC O Vice-Chairman J. Vancza reported on the CMAG meetings and the aim of CIRP to encourage paper presentations is collaboration between Corporate Members and Members.

Election of STC O officers

There were no elections in 2014.

The meetings of the Scientific Technical Committee "O" were held on 24 January, 2013 in Paris, France (76 members, 12 research affiliates, 28 guests), and on 23 August, 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark (49 members, 17 research affiliates, 17 guests).

The major activities of STC O were the following:

Manufacturing Systems Conferences

Proposal was approved to have the 48th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems (CMS), 3 - 5 June, 2015 in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. Conference Chairman: R. Teti.
No other issue was remaining from the Track 3 meetings.

Keynote Papers

At the General Assembly, it was confirmed that the 2014 Keynote Paper will be “Design and management of manufacturing systems for production quality”, co-ordinated by T. Tolio and M. Colledani, and co-authored, depending on contribution, by G. Lanza, R. Schmitt, J. Hu, J. Váncza, Y. Koren, D. Ceglarek and A. Fischer.
For 2015 one proposal was approved: “Prognosis for cloud manufacturing” (provisional title), initiated by R. Gao and L. Wang. The proposal was supported also by R. Teti, D. Dornfeld, M. Mori, and A. Vijayaraghavan.
For 2016 one keynote proposal was initiated: “Cyber-physical systems in manufacturing” by L. Monostori and B. Kádár. The proposal was supported also by S. Kumara, G. Reinhart, O. Sauer, W. Sihn and K. Ueda.

Paper Presentations and Technical Reports

During the STC O Paper Session at the General Assembly in Copenhagen, Denmark, one keynote and 18 papers were presented and discussed.
At the two STC O Meetings in 2013, a total of 17 technical presentations (8 in January, and 9 in August) were delivered and discussed. In August two technical presentations have been postponed to the 2014 January Meeting.

Corporate Members' Activities and Issues

Both during the January Meeting and the General Assembly, Vice-Chairman of STC O, R. Teti reported on the CMAG meetings and the actual efforts of CIRP aimed at increasing the involvement of corporate members within the activities of STCs. During the STC O Paper Session of the GA, a cooperative industry-academy paper was jointly presented.

Election of STC O officers

During the STC O Meeting at the GA, new officers were unanimously elected:
• Chairman: R. Teti
• Vice-Chairman: J. Váncza
• Technical Secretary: G. Lanza


The meetings of the Scientific Technical Committee “O” were held on 26 January, 2012 in Paris, France (57 members, 10 research affiliates, 24 guests), and on 24 August, 2012 in  Hong Kong, China (42 members, 14 research affiliates, 14 guests).

The major activities of STC O were the following:

Manufacturing Systems Conferences

Proposal was approved to have the 47th CIRP CMS in 2014 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Chair: H. ElMaraghy.
No other issue was remaining from the Track 3 meetings.

Working Groups

In January, STC O supported the new Collaborative Working Group (CWG) on Continuous Maintenance.
No other CWG issue was remaining from the Track 3 meetings.

Keynote Papers

At the General Assembly, it was confirmed that the 2013 Keynote Paper will be “Scalability in Manufacturing Systems Design and Operation: State-of-the-Art and Future Developments Roadmap”, co-ordinated by G. Putnik and co-authored by A. Sluga, H. ElMaraghy, R. Teti, Y. Koren, T. Tolio and B. Hon.
For 2014 one proposal was approved: “Design and management of manufacturing systems for production quality”, presented, in the absence of T. Tolio, by M. Colledani.
STC O is soliciting new keynote topic proposals for 2015 at the next January Meeting.

Paper Presentations and Technical Reports

During the STC O Paper Session at the General Assembly in Hong Kong, China, one keynote and 20 papers were presented and discussed.
At the two STC O Meetings in 2012, a total of 18 technical presentations (10 in January and 8 in August) were delivered and discussed.

Corporate Members' Activities and Issues

Both during the January Meeting and the General Assembly, Vice-chairman of STC O, R. Teti reported on the CMAG meeting and the actual efforts of CIRP aimed at increasing the involvement of corporate members within the activities of STCs. There was a call for more GA presentations and technical talks of Corporate Members. Presentation of new members would be highly welcome.


The Meetings of the Scientific Technical Committee “O” were held on 27 January, 2011 in Paris, France (48 members, 11 research affiliates, 22 guests), and on 26 August, 2011 in  Budapest, Hungary (51 members, 6 research affiliates, 11 guests).

The major activities of the STC O were the following:

Manufacturing Systems Conferences

No issue remaining from the Track 3 meetings.

Working Groups

During the General Assembly in August, R. Roy proposed launching a new Collaborative Working Group (CWG) on Continuous Maintenance. The proposal was supported.
No other CWG issue remaining from the Track 3 meetings.

Keynote Papers

At the General Assembly, it was approved that the 2012 Keynote Paper will be “Complexity in engineering design and manufacturing” co-ordinated by W. ElMaraghy, and co-authored by H. ElMaraghy, T. Tomiyama, H-P. Wiendahl, L. Monostori, D. Mourtzis and P. Butala.  The 2013 Keynote Paper will be “Scalability in Manufacturing Systems Design and Operation: State-of-the-Art and Future Developments Roadmap” co-ordinated by G. Putnik and co-authored by A. Sluga, H. ElMaraghy, R. Teti, Y. Koren, T. Tolio and B. Hon. For 2014 two proposals were presented: “Management of design principles of manufacturing systems” by W.J. Zhang, and “Design and management of manufacturing systems for production quality” by T. Tulio. The decision will be taken during the 2012 January Meeting.

Further on, H. ElMaraghy presented a Track 3 Keynote proposal for 2013: “Variety: Definitions, modelling and management”. The proposal was unanimously supported.

Paper Presentations and Technical Reports

During the STC O Paper Session at the General Assembly in Budapest (Hungary), one keynote and 19 papers were presented and discussed. At the two STC O Meetings in 2011, a total of 17 technical presentations (10 in January and 7 in August) were given and discussed.

Chairman’s Address

During the January Meeting in Paris, Chairman of STC O, K. Ueda delivered a talk entitled “A Prospect for Emerging Fields in STC O - A Challenging Direction to Value Creation”.

Corporate Members' Activities and Issues

Both during the January Meeting and the General Assembly, Vice-Chairman of STC O, R. Teti reported on the CMAG meeting and recent efforts of CIRP aimed at increasing the involvement of corporate members within the activities of STCs.

Task Force on “Global Manufacturing Strategies”

During the General Assembly, F. Jovane reported on the work of the Task Force on “Global Manufacturing Strategies” (TF-GSM). Main findings of this work are going to be published as a CIRP white paper