We are very happy to announce that the (full consortium) article “User-Interface Design for Individualization Services to Enhance Sustainable Consumption and Production” has been accepted for publication in the Open-Access Journal Procedia CIRP and selected for presentation at this year’s IPSS CIRP Conference (Product-Service Systems across Life Cycle) taking place in Bergamo (Italy) in June 2016. The paper assesses the integration of sustainability in the individualization service offered through user-interfaces, such as in particular configurators, both theoretically and empirically. It provides insights from reviewing more than 900 web-based configurators within 16 different industries. The analysis reveals that only about five percent of all user-interfaces address sustainability issues in their individualization services. You find the article at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212827116300476
Our Case Study on Sustainable Mass Customization for Smartphones (Phonebloks / Google Project Ara) has been accepted for publication in Procedia CIRP 2016. We will disseminate the results at this year’s 3rd international Conference on Ramp-Up Management taking place in Aachen (Germany) in June 2016. The article summarizes the findings resulting from SMC-Excel’s case study on Google’s modular smartphone approach Project Ara (WP1). We are looking forward to this event, and especially to disseminate our results to the international ramp-up community. We will provide the link to download the article as soon as it is published online at Elsevier. For more information about the conference please visit: http://icrm-aachen.jimdo.com/
We are happy to announce that we will disseminate results of our SMC-Excel project at this year’s 5th International Degrowth Conference taking place in Budapest (Hungary) from 30 August to 3 September 2016. SMC-Excel member Stephan Hankammer will present an overview on interrelations between collaborative value creation concepts (such as Mass Customization) and sufficient consumption, enlargement of the meaningful lifespan of products as well as the reduction of waste and obsolete production capacity (etc.). For the SMC Excel consortium, it is a great opportunity to reach researchers and practitioners of this truly interdisciplinary research community. For more information visit: http://budapest.degrowth.org/
SMC Excel member Stephan Hankammer will give a seminar on Researching Sustainable Mass Customization at Politecnico di Milano’s School of Management on 4th of May (12:00, Room 3.23). In this seminar, he will present the scope and preliminary results of the SMC Excel project and discuss research opportunities and obstacles of this research field with PoliMi’s PhD students. For more information, see: Research Seminar Polimi
Impressions: SMC-Excel @ 2015 World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization and Co-Creation
From October 20th to 22nd the 2015th World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization and Co-Creation took place in Montreal, Canada. Researchers from all over the world came together to discuss recent academic research and issues related to the implementation of MC in practice. SMC-Excel project leader Frank Piller held a keynote on complexity as an innovation driver. In his speech he especially shed light on the question how businesses can profit from MC.
SMC-Excel project coordinator Stephan Hankammer hosted a special session dedicated to interdisciplinary research in the field of MC. In this session he also presented a current research paper of RWTH Tim, in which the topic landscape of the discipline of Mass Customization has been mapped. After reviewing nearly 1300 research papers with the help of a statistical algorithm, 60 subtopics in the field of MC have been identified. One important result: None of the topics has a direct link to the topic of MC and Sustainability – a research gap which definitely has to be filled with research projects like the SMC-Excel project. For more information about the MCPC 2015 please visit: http://mcpc2015.com
We are happy to announce that we will present our SMC-Excel project at this year’s Global Cleaner Production Conference taking place in Sitges (Spain) from November 1st until November 4th 2015. SMC-Excel member Stephan Hankammer will present a case study resulting from the SMC-Excel project, which deals with Google’s modular smartphone approach “Project Ara”. This case study is one of the results obtained during WP1’s case study collection of comparable MC approaches in the consumer electronics market. We are very much looking forward to this event to disseminate our project in this sustainability research community. For more information about the GCPC 2015 please visit: http://www.cleanerproductionconference.com
In September 2015 the project consortium met in Manisa (Turkey) for its fourth project meeting hosted by VESTEL Electronics. In this project meeting we mapped the current business model(s) used by VESTEL for their domestic market on the one hand and their international market on the other hand. Furthermore we created a box of bricks of business model pattern elements related to MC and one related to Sustainability. These boxes of bricks will be used in a next step, in which 3-6 elements will be combined to generic SMC business model patterns.
Publication of Article on Mass Customization, Product Service Systems and Sustainability in Procedia CIRP 2015
We are very happy to announce that the article “Leveraging the sustainability potential of mass customization through product service systems in the consumer electronics industry” has been published in the Procedia CIRP May 2015. Stephan Hankammer will present the results of the paper at the 7th Industrial Product-Service Systems Conference – PSS, industry transformation for sustainability and business in Saint Etienne on the 22nd of May 2015. The paper presents preliminary outputs of the BMI workshop on mass customization product offerings taking place during the project meeting in Manisa 2014. You can download the article here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2015.03.007
From the 18th-21st of May 2015 the SMC-Excel Project participates at the 7th IPS² Spring School on Sustainable Product-Service Systems Design in Grenoble and Saint Etienne (France). Here, around 25 researchers from several European countries come together to discuss possibilities to design Sustainable Product-Service-Systems. For the SMC-Excel project this program is especially useful in order to understand how to integrate services into a mass customization product offering and how to assess the sustainability of use phase oriented business models.
In the beginning of May 2015 the project consortium met in Lugano (Switzerland) for its third project meeting hosted by the Department of Innovative Technologies, SUPSI. At the center of attention was the theoretical environmental analysis of possible customization options as a first step for the creation of scenarios for sustainability oriented business models based on mass customization. The project team further shed light on the role of recycling in a customized product offering and visited the industrial recycling plant of GAVIA.