November 3, 2015 at 3:23 pm in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer
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
October 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm in SMCExcel, Uncategorized by Stephan Hankammer
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
September 22, 2015 at 2:54 pm in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer
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.
May 19, 2015 at 10:07 am in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer
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
May 15, 2015 at 9:46 am in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer
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.
May 12, 2015 at 9:43 am in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer
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.
April 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer
SMC-Excel’s team member Stephan Hankammer will co-host a special session on Mass Customization & Sustainability at the World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization and Co-Creation in Montreal 2015. Please submit your abstracts with practical, theoretical or research focused subjects of interest until 8th of May 2015. We are very much looking forward to this event and to the unique opportunity to present the SMC-Excel Project to the international Mass Customization Research Community and to successful Mass Customization Practitioners. Please find more information about the conference at: http://mcpc2015.com
April 16, 2015 at 5:57 pm in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer
On Thursday, 23 April 2015, 2 PM, Stephan Hankammer will present the SMC-Excel Project and his research on Mass Customization and Sustainability at RWTH Aachen. Seminar participants are invited to discuss the presented research setting and contribute positive ideas with emphasize on the methodology. You can find more information about the presentation here: http://www.time.rwth-aachen.de/global/show_document.asp?id=aaaaaaaaaamjqhi&download=1
January 14, 2015 at 4:43 pm in Events, SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer
A special session on Mass Customization and Sustainability will take place at the 7th CIRP IPSS conference in Saint-Étienne (France) in May 2015. Addressing the theme of industry transformation for sustainability and business, this special session will primarily focus on two specific issues:
(1) the transformations needed to implement and boost PSS systems at company and territory levels, covering multiple dimensions such as business model transformation, collaborative behaviour enhanacement, cultural changes, consumption model evolution etc.
(2) the needs for and challenges underpinning the integration of sustainability and business innovation, putting forth requirements for new sustainability assessment methods to address the complexity and diversity of PSS.
The final deadline for full paper submission is the 31st of January 2015.
To learn more about the scope and topic of this special session, take a look at the official IPSS website.
January 7, 2015 at 9:54 am in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer
We are happy to announce that the article “A Contribution toward a Research Agenda: Identifying Impact Factors of Mass Customization on Environmental Sustainability” has been published in the International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management (IJIEM) in December 2014. The research has been conducted in collaboration between Politecnico di Milano, RWTH Aachen University and Aalborg University. You can find the article here.