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STC O - 2012 Annual Report

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.