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Annual report 2012 - Terminology

The Terminology Committee had two meetings in 2012: in Paris on January 25 and in Hong Kong on August 23. In addition Terminology Committee members also participated in the Track and the STC meetings in Paris and in Hong Kong.

The January STC A meeting in Paris was attended by 38 participants (Terminology Record). The Hong Kong meeting was attended by 29 people.

CIRP Dictionary of Production Engineering

The Terminology Committee carries the responsibility for publication of the CIRP dictionaries on Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. They cover definitions and terminology for manufacturing processes, machines, tooling, materials and systems formulated by the Scientific Committees (STC).

In March 2012 Volume IV “Assembly” was issued. Thus the following five books are available right now.:

  • Metal Forming, Vol. I - 1 (1997)
  • Metal Forming, Vol. I - 2 (2001)
  • Material Removal, Vol. II (2004)
  • Manufacturing Systems, Vol. III (2004)
  • Assembly, Vol. IV (2012)

Additionally Volume I-1 and I-2 of the Forming dictionary is under revision by Prof. E. Tekkaya and Volume V, Geometrical Measurements, is in preparation under the supervision of Prof. G. Goch. Also a Turkish version of Forming (E. Tekkaya) and Italian versions of all dictionaries are being compiled under the supervision of Prof. T. Tolio. For further information see

CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering (CIRPedia)

Starting in 2007 the Terminology committee decided to strike a totally new path as an answer to the internet-age. An online platform has been launched in 2012 for providing authoritative, exhaustive, fast and easy access to terms, definitions and a whole set of information in the field of production engineering (see The CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering (CIRPedia) covers state-of-the-art knowledge in design, optimization, control and management of processes, machines and systems.  While the technological and operational aspects are in the focus, economical aspects are addressed, too. The entries for a wide variety of terms were written and reviewed by the CIRP, the world leading organization in production engineering research. Therefore this encyclopedia contains high level scientific knowledge and includes very recent developments.

CIRPedia is under development and represents the natural extension of the current CIRP Dictionaries of Production Engineering. Until December 2012 some 80 essays were finished and are ready for going public. In 2013 the first edition of the encyclopedia with 2 volumes and approx. 1500 pages will be issued. Prepublications are available right now on .


The officers of Terminology in 2012 were:
Chair: Prof. Gunther Reinhart
Vice-chair: Prof. Erman Tekkaya
Secretary: Dr. Sami Chatti

For further details on the activities of Terminology Committee, please consult the minutes from the meetings in Paris and Hong Kong.

Gunther Reinhart