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STC A - 2016 Annual Report

The Scientific Technical Committee: Life Cycle Engineering and Assembly had two meetings in 2016: in Paris on February 18 and in Guimaraes on August 26.

The February STC LCE/A meeting in Paris was attended by 96 participants. The Guimaraes meeting was attended by 71 people.

Conferences and sponsored seminars under STC LCE/A are:

Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) conferences

• 23rd LCE Conference 2016 Berlin, Germany (Prof. Seliger and Prof. Krüger)
• 24th LCE Conference 2017 Kamakura, Japan (Prof. Umeda and Prof. Takata)
• 25th LCE Conference 2018 Copenhagen, Denmark (Prof. Hauschild)
• 26th LCE Conference 2019 Purdue and U. Michigan, USA (Prof. Sutherland and Prof. Skerlos)
• 27th LCE Conference 2020 Grenoble, France (Prof. Brissaud)
• 28th LCE Conference 2021 Jaipur, India (Prof. Sangwan and Prof. Herrmann)
(proposed and decision will be made in the February meeting)
• 29th LCE Conference 2022 Leuven, Belgium (Prof. Dewulf and Prof. Duflou)
(proposed and decision will be made in the February meeting)

Assembly (CAT) conferences:

• 6th Conference on Assembly Technology and Systems, 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden (Prof. R. Soderberg)
• 7th Conference on Assembly Technology and Systems, 2018, Tianjin, China (Prof. Wang and Prof. Hu)
• 8th Conference on Assembly Technology and Systems, 2020, Athens, Greece (Dr. Makris, Prof. Mourtzis and Prof. Chryssolouris) (proposed and decision will be made in the February meeting)

Sponsored conferences:

• GCSM 2017 – Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing
• International Conference on Sustainable Material Processing and Manufacturing 2017
• CIRPe2016 - Conference
• IPAS2016 - International Precision Assembly Seminar
• 5th Conference on Through-life Engineering 2016
• 6th Conference on Through-life Engineering 2017
• 7th Conference on Through-life Engineering 2018

STC A Keynote Papers

Future keynote papers will be:
- 2017 Krüger et al: Innovative Control of Assembly Systems and Lines
- 2018 Hermann et al.: Life Cycle Engineering of Light Weight Structures
- 2019 Wang et al.: Symbiotic Human-Robot Collaborative Assembly

Other presentations

At the Paris meeting, the following technical presentations were given:
• Alexander Verl: The future of Ethernet communication in manufacturing automation
• Rikard Söderberg: Robust Form Division in Platform-based Design
• Jörg Franke: Intuitive gesture control of mechatronic systems using electromyography (EMG) signals
• Sotiris Makris: Decision making logic for flexible assembly lines reconfiguration
• John Erkoyuncu: Future of through-life engineering delivery
• Jennifer Mangold: Integrated Approach to Material Assessment to inform the Selection of Safer Materials
• Michael Hauschild: Closing the loops – on C2C, circular economy and LCA – conflicts and opportunities
• Rachel Dzombak: The Role of Manufacturing in Enabling the Circular Economy

The following presentations were given in Part II of the general assembly in Guimaraes:
• Dimitris Mourtzis: Augmented Reality technology for complex manufacturing tasks
• Annika Raatz: Part 1 - A robotic spray technology for complex concrete work pieces
• Franz Dietrich: Part 2 - Assembly concepts which benefit from additive manufacturing
• Yasushi Umeda: Development of a scenario of Asian Sustainable Consumption and Production
• Yuebin Guo: A Holistic Modeling Approach of Energy Consumption in Milling of Inconel 718 
• Wim Dewulf: Recycling challenges for photovoltaic panel 
• Sebastian Reitelshöfer: A New Manufacturing Method to Realize Stacked Dielectric Elastomer Actuators for Soft and Save Robotic Systems

Other business

CIRPedia and STC LCE/A involvement: Participants were encouraged to propose new entries for CIRPedia and topics for STC LCE/A. The section editor for the Life Cycle Engineering section is Prof. Dewulf and the section editor for the Assembly section is Prof. Krüger.

Election of STC A Officers:

An election was held during the STC A meeting in Guimaraes. Prof. John Sutherland was elected chair, Prof. Joerg Krueger was elected Vice Chair, and Prof. Yasushi Umeda was elected secretary, of STC A, for a three year term, effective January 1, 2017.

At Guimaraes,a questionnaire about future STC direction was presented by the Vice-Chair and Secretary and discussed with the participants. The questionnaire results are provided in the minutes from that meeting.

The officers of STC A in 2016 were:
Chair: Prof. Sami Kara
Vice-chair: Prof. John Sutherland
Secretary: Prof. Jörg Krüger

For further details on the activities of STC LCE/A please consult the minutes from the meetings in Paris and Guimaraes.

Submitted by
Sami Kara