A book inspired by the experiences and insights gained from the Use-It-Wisely project has been published and is now available for purchase and download from the Springer web site. “Dynamics of Long-Life Assets: From Technology Adaptation to Upgrading the Business Model” was edited by Stefan Grösser, Arcadio Reyes-Lecuona and the Use-It-Wisely project coordinator Göran Granholm. Read more
Our Future: Furniture in a “closed-loop system”
The Use-It-Wisely project enables European manufacturers to produce products and services capable of adapting to rapidly changing markets and customer goals by demonstrating the state of the art methods, which enable life-long adaptation of high investment product-services. The focus on life-long adaptation combined with services is the backbone of the collaboration of TNO and Gispen within the project. Gispen believes in circular principles and the reuse of existing products. The research conducted in Use-It-Wisely created the opportunity to put circular principles into practice.
Ocean Shipyard and other Use-It-Wisely partners in the naval sector have responded to changing customer and shipping industry demands in Greece, and at European and international levels. Customers such as tourism operators, fishermen and transport companies want boats that are lighter, faster and cost less to run, while safety requirements and shipping regulations change regularly.
Rock crusher upgrade business from a PLM perspective
Global trends of ecology and sustainable development, safety awareness, changing legislation, and urbanization, together with the economic situation, force industry to find solutions for extending product lifecycles, while maintaining and improving machine system performance and other properties during the lifecycles. Together with these societal issues, firms are struggling with competitiveness. The higher level problem concerns making upgrade delivery projects profitable and more desirable for customers, manufacturing OEMs and suppliers. The main recognized and treated bottlenecks relate to knowing the actual status of the upgrade target, communication and collaboration with stakeholders, verification and validation of upgrade specifications and an efficient information flow between the stakeholders.
Last week, ‘Science|Business’ the EU innovation and research driven news publication, published the final press release of the Use-It-Wisely project,
highlighting the project’s cross-sectoral results in researching new tools for more efficient production.
The press release, which was also featured in the Science|Business weekly newsletter, recognized that cross-sector collaboration was one of key benefits throughout the project, fuelling more efficient cross-sectoral research and more project breakthroughs.
Eddie Shaw, dissemination manager for the Use-It-Wisely network, said,
“Across six distinct industries, knowledge-sharing led to new and improved tools, development and use of 3D, virtual and augmented technology in the manufacture, maintenance and upgrading of high value and complex products and services.”
The full press release article can be accessed here.
The Science|Business homepage can be accessed here.
- EU industry, research, academia and SMEs develop new tools to respond to rapidly changing markets
- New business models, tools and applications will extend lifecycle of high-cost industrial products
- Research network makes business models, tools and applications accessible to industry stakeholders and invites collaboration
Dublin, 10th January, 2017: Top of the line research is driving new products and processes in Europe, in order to respond to rapidly changing markets and customer requirements. EU researchers and businesses across different sectors of EU Manufacturing have developed new business models, tools and applications which will extend the lifespan of industrial products through innovative and continuous upgrades; saving time, money and reducing environmental impact.
Eddie Shaw, Dissemination Manager for the network said: “EU Industry is innovative, collaborative and competitive. These attributes were evident among the partners of Use-It-Wisely. The surprise result was the benefit from collaboration. Across six distinct industries, knowledge-sharing led to new and improved tools, development and use of 3D, virtual and augmented technology in the manufacture, maintenance and upgrading of high value and complex products and services. The principles of the Circular Economy were researched, developed and implemented. The partners now want to build a community of practitioners to share these innovative results.
Twenty partners from across Europe spanning Industry, Academia, Research and SMEs, worked together on Use-It-Wisely (UIW), an EU-funded research project. The project aimed to meet the challenges of continuous changes in the production environment and the subsequent requirements for production systems to be continuously upgraded. These innovations have taken place in six distinct industries, but with results that are transferrable and scalable across different sectors.
- A cluster of three Greek marine actors; Ocean Yard Company (boatyard), SEAbility (boat owner and operator) INSB (classification society), were involved in developing tools and methodologies to address lifecycle issues in passenger boats. The marine cluster worked with ICCS, a Greek research organisation and Bern University of Applied Sciences to develop a “Vessel Metafile App” and a “Requirements Configuring Tool”. These tools will reduce time and costs related to decision making, designing, manufacturing, updating and operating small craft passenger or other commercial purpose boats.
- Dutch furniture design company Gispen, and research organisation TNO examined sustainable adaptive product design in order to extend product lifespan and reduce waste. Applying the principles of the Circular Economy, Gispen and TNO developed a Design Framework which is a very practical tool to ensure the lifelong adaptation of products. Easy use and transparent scoring creates the possibility to explain the benefits of a particular product design to the end-user. They also created a Circular Lifecycle Assessment Tool which can assess the environmental impact of initial production and all adjustments during the lifetime of a piece of furniture.
- Three companies dominant in the Italian Space industry; Thales Alenia Space Italia, Altec, and Vastalla, developed a modelling system in order to provide quicker engineering solutions during the space project lifecycle. The system improves communication and collaboration between the technical engineering team, between companies and with the customer. The technical baseline is shared, and stakeholders can understand the status of the process and of the technical baseline, allowing for more agile processes.
- Volvo AB, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks and other vehicles, and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden created equipment combining 3D laser scanning and Virtual Reality in order to create a virtual factory floor. It can be used to analyse changes in order to collect important input from several actors such as operators, design engineers, maintenance engineers, logistics, facilities engineering, building end management, i.e. the personnel that interact with the system.
- Leading Spanish engineering company, Tecnatom and the University of Malaga developed a 3D viewer that will allow better communication during the inspection of turbines. Aside from the improvements in the inspection process, the tools developed by these partners can be applied to training, and other industries.
- Finnish companies Metso Minerals (Mining) and RD Velho (Product Design), and VTT (the leading Finnish scientific research centre), found solutions for extending the life-cycle of rock-crushing machinery. This was achieved through the development of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Environment (VE) camera based 3D scanning which will allow rock-crushers to be inspected and upgraded at customer sites. They enable better communication, collaboration and involvement of all stakeholders including customers and suppliers.
Cross-sector collaboration has been one of the key benefits of UIW and the network will continue through a dedicated online platform. The business models, tools and applications developed will be available in a repository accessible through membership. Members can share knowledge, expertise, and receive support and advice. This collaboration is vital to a sustainable and competitive European manufacturing industry.
To find out more about the Use-It-Wisely online platform, please contact us through: https://www.linkedin.com/company/10957987
Use-It-Wisely is an FP7 funded research project which ran from September 2013 to November 2016.
Use-It-Wisely received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no. 609027
CORDIS recently published their impressions of the Use-It-Wisely final dissemination event on their website, pointing to how the project offers a comprehensive solution for improving products and services through effective upgrade innovation, allowing for sustainable solutions to customer demands. CORDIS highlighted research results harnessing Virtual Reality technology, Circular Economy principles, 3D modelling and the legacy of the project for the continued development of European manufacturing.
The full article can be accessed here.
The CORDIS homepage can be accessed here.
EU research and innovation news service ‘Science|Business’ recently published the highlights of the Use-It-Wisely final dissemination event on their website, detailing how the results of the project pave the way for sustainable upgrades and practices in European manufacturing.
The event, held in Brussels last month, assembled key project partners to share their research in addressing sustainability changes across sectors including power plant turbines, space products and office furniture.
DG Research programme manager Erastos Filos said: “[The project] has created innovative frameworks and tools using virtual reality [and] augmented reality, as well as business models that allow European manufacturers to face the challenges of rapidly changing markets.”
The full article can be accessed here.
The Science|Business homepage can be accessed here.
Leading manufacturing experts from research, academia, industry and policy presented the research results of the EU FP7-funded Use-it-Wisely project at an event in Neth-ER (Netherlands House of Education and Research) today, 18th October 2016.
Results will have widespread impact for European manufacturers, enabling the adaption of high investment complex products and services in rapidly changing markets. Speakers examined how this will affect the changing business environment, and customer needs. Read more
Circular Economy principles and furniture design
The Use-It-Wisely project enables European manufacturers to produce products and services capable of adapting to rapidly changing markets and customer goals by demonstrating the state of the art methods, which enables life-long adaptation of high investment product-service. The focus on life-long adaptation combined with services is the backbone of the collaboration of Gispen within the project. Gispen believes in circular principles and the reuse of existing products. The research conducted in Use-It-Wisely (UIW) created the opportunity to put circular principles into practice. Read more