Impressions from SMC Excel at the IFA 2017

September 2, 2017 at 6:13 pm in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

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Impressions from the VESTEL Electronics exhibition hall @ IFA 2017.


For a short summary in German about our presentation at IFA by our partner-company e-hoch-3, please click here.

SMC Excel Web-based Demonstrator @ IFA 2017, Berlin

September 1, 2017 at 11:03 pm in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

On Saturday, VESTEL Electronics will present the final version of the web-based demonstrator at IFA 2017 in Berlin (02.09.2017). Visitors can test the configurator at a large touch screen and experience the customization process while getting informed about the environmental impact of their choices. You find the VESTEL exhibition stand in the Hall 8.2.

Final Work Package Finished

August 22, 2017 at 11:58 am in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

This month, the SMC Excel project finalized its very last workpackage and submitted the last four deliverables to TUBITAK’s ECO INNOVERA officers. In WP 4, four studies have been conducted:

  1. An environmental analysis of the proposed SMC introduction in the consumer electronics industry in comparison to the traditional mass production business model.
  2. A market potential analysis to assess customers’ perception and acceptance of SMC offerings.
  3. A derivation of environmental guidelines for SMC business models
  4. A set of policy recommendations and ideas for fostering the development of SMC business models.

Two studies, which result from this workpackage have been submitted and accepted for presentation at the 9th World Mass Customization & Personalization Conference (MCPC 2017) taking place at Aachen on Nov 20-21 2017 and will published by Springer in the MCPC 2017 proceedings afterwards.

A third evaluation study, an Outcome Driven Innovation study on consumer needs in the different life cycles of TVs has been accepted by the European Roundtable of Sustainable Consumption & Production (ERSCP) taking place in Greece on Oct 01-05 2017.

SMC Excel Project Meeting and Dissemination Activities @ ICE-Conference 2017

June 27, 2017 at 5:42 pm in SMCExcel, Uncategorized by Stephan Hankammer

The SMC Excel team is currently meeting at Funchal for a project meeting for finalizing the work of the environmental evaluation and the derivation of policy recomendations of WP4. Moreover, the project team offers two workshops at the ICE Conference. The first workshop co-chaired by Maike Hora (e-hoch-3) and Sultan Kaygin Sel (VESTEL Electronics) deals with user interface design for sustainability. The second workshop focuses on circular economy business models and is co-chaired by Luca Canetta (SUPSI) and Stephan Hankammer (RWTH Aachen University). Both workshops take place Wednesday 28.06.2017. Also on Wednesday one of the academic studies resulting from the SMC Excel project will be presented in the course of a special session of the conference. The article “A Sustainability Based Optimization Model for Starting Solutions in Toolkits for Mass Customization” will be presented by Stephan Hankammer.

MCPC 2017: Join the Sustainability Track. SMC EXCEL team will be there

May 9, 2017 at 10:48 pm in Research, SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

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Dear Mass Customization Community, Dear sustainability researchers and practitioners,

In November 2017, the next edition of the MCPC conference series will take place in Aachen, Germany.

The SMC Excel team is currently preparing their submission to present the results of the ECO INNOVERA project that started in April 2014 and that will finish shortly before the conference in October 2017.

There will be one key conference track dealing with “Mass Customization & Sustainability”. We would like to encourage other scholars that work in the field of sustainable mass customization, circular economy business models, sustainable PSS and localized and decentralized production to submit their research to this track. We look forward to discuss with you the potentials and the downsides of using MCP as a vehicle for sustainability.

MCPC 2017 – November 20-21 2017 @ RWTH Aachen University

March 2, 2017 at 11:01 am in Events, Participate!, Research, SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

Dear Mass Customization Community!

The 9th World Mass Customization & Personalization Conference takes place in Aachen, Germany, November 20-21 2017! It will feature four large tracks on Mass Customization & Sustainability, Smart Products, Digital Manufacturing, and MCP success factors!

For more information about the MCPC conference series, its history, vanue, important dates and most importantly opportunities for your participation, please check www.mcpc2017.com

Here, you find the call for paper!

Call for Participation in Survey on TV Configurator

February 17, 2017 at 11:12 am in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

The SMC Excel consortium developed a first version of a web-based configurator for TVs. To test and improve the configurator, we would like to encourage interested readers of our website to participate in a 15-minutes survey: https://www.unipark.de/uc/rwth/tim/tv/. Thank you very much for participating!

SMC Excel Publication in International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management (IJIEM)

January 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

The project consortium successfully published an article on the Design of Business Models for Sustainable Mass Customization in the International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management (IJIEM). The paper is available at or at .

Invitation to Innovation Research Seminar at RWTH Aachen University

January 7, 2017 at 10:03 am in Uncategorized by Stephan Hankammer

SMC Excel member Stephan Hankammer will present results of the SMC Excel Project and the current state of a consumer research study on Sustainable Mass Customization at RWTH Aachen University’s “Innovation Research Seminar” on 11 January 2017, 2.00 to 3.30 pm, in the TIM Social Area, Kackertstraße 7. The title of the presentation is “Nudging Customers Towards More Sustainable Choices”. You are warmly welcome!

You find more information about the presentation, here: IRS SEMINAR 2017 flyer and here: IRS SEMINAR 2017 webpage

New Swiss Project Partners @ SMC Excel

December 6, 2016 at 3:57 pm in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

We are happy to announce that two new companies have joined the project consortium recently. We warmly welcome Aurum Gavia (Website) and Recommerce Solutions (Website). More Infos about the new partners will follow soon…

SMC Project Meeting M30 in Darmstadt, Germany

November 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

The 5th Consortium Project Meeting in Darmstadt (Germany) took place on the 2nd and 3rd of November, 2016. The partners of the SMC Excel project (VESTEL, RWTH Aachen, SUPSI, and e-hoch-3) met to discuss the current state of the SMC Excel project and further steps for future project planning.

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Each partner gave one or more presentations to focus on the main topics, including the WP3 overall activities such as business models for recycling scenarios, the development of the solution space regarding components and their environmental evaluation, and the configurator user interface design. For future planning the team discussed dissemination strategies and deadlines for 2017, as well as the WP4 with focus on Policy recommendations. Finally, the possible application of SMC on future projects was discussed leading to the closure of the meetings.

Impressions from the IFA 2016, Berlin (VESTEL)

October 7, 2016 at 11:13 am in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

World’s leading consumer electronics show took place in Berlin, Germany, between September 02 and 07. Sultan Kaygın Sel from SMC-Excel partner Vestel attended IFA this year for taking insights of latest trends in consumer electronics. Vestel (similar to previous years) was one of the biggest exhibitors having 3000 m2 exhibition area used for presenting a wide variety of its product range and new concepts.

Highlights from this year are listed below:

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• Experience was the most important concept for this year at IFA. Most of the companies have used their fairground area more for experience areas like trial of VR glasses.

• A great number of companies have presented their VR (virtual reality) products. Many applications of VR such as gaming in entertainment industry are emerging.

• Smart home concepts were introduced by all leading consumer electronics companies. Their presentations were more comprehensive and satisfying when compared to previous years.

• OLED and Quantum dot displays were competing for display technologies.

• Screen sizes are getting bigger and bigger. There were 98” and over sizes presented.

• Product presentations were focused on the visual and technical performance of the products. Unlike the previous fairs, the physical specifications of TVs such as thickness or curvature were not highlighted. Also 3D TV concept disappeared.

• In contrast to previous fairs with a focus on UHD, it is observed that 4K displays have become common.

• Various applications of Digital Signage products have been presented by almost every company at the fair. In addition to existing product solutions, mirror display and transparent display models have been presented.

Scientific American story about customizable (and sustainable) smartphones

July 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

Scientific American posted an interesting story on customizable (and sustainable) smartphones this 1st of July. You find the story here.
For the development of this story, the SMC Excel project was happy to provide insights for the assessment of Google’s Project Ara.

SMC Excel @ Publication in Procedia CIRP // Dissemination at IPSS CIRP Conference (June 2016)

June 7, 2016 at 10:37 am in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

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

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SMC Excel @ Publication in Procedia CIRP// Dissemination at ICRM CIRP Conference (June 2016)

June 1, 2016 at 10:22 am in Events, SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

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/

SMC Excel @ Budapest Degrowth Conference (September 2016)

May 7, 2016 at 10:34 am in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

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/

Research Seminar on Sustainable Mass Customization @ Politecnico di Milano (#Dissemination)

May 1, 2016 at 10:16 am in Events, SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

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

November 3, 2015 at 3:23 pm in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

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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

SMC-Excel @ Global Cleaner Production Conference in Sitges, Spain

October 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm in SMCExcel, Uncategorized by Stephan Hankammer

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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

Business model workshop at project meeting in Manisa, Turkey

September 22, 2015 at 2:54 pm in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

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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

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

Participation at the 7th IPS² Spring School on Sustainable Product-Service Systems Design

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.

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Scenario development workshop at project meeting in Lugano

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.

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Special Session on Mass Customization & Sustainability at the World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization and Co-Creation in Montreal 2015

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

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Invitation to presentation about SMC-Excel Project at RWTH Aachen

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

IPSS 2015 Special Session: Mass customization and product service systems for leveraging sustainability

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.

Publication of article on research agenda for Mass Customization and Sustainability in the International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management (IJIEM)

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.

Eco Innovera: Final Conference Report published

December 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

At the Final Conference, ECO-INNOVERA has presented the findings of its systemic approach in Copenhagen to more than 100 key players from 24 countries, including not only policy makers and scientists but also SME-representatives and partner networks in research and development in eco-innovation.
Their findings were published in a Final Report that can be accessed by clicking on the link.

Project Meeting at Vestel in Manisa, Turkey

November 22, 2014 at 11:22 am in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

In November 2014 the SMC-Excel team held up its second project meeting in Manisa, Turkey. The project members from SUPSI, e-hoch-3, GAVIA and RWTH had the possibility to visit VESTEL’s production facilities (VESTEL City) and gather data at the different stages of the production process of a television set. Further, the project consortium conducted a workshop with staff from different departments of VESTEL (design, environment, production) to develop possible scenarios for a sustainable Mass Customization offering for future TV sets. It was an inspiring meeting for all members of the SMC-Excel team. Workshop_VESTEL

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Impressions from the ECO INNOVERA Conference in Copenhagen

September 30, 2014 at 4:45 pm in SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

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Copenhagen, the European Green Capital 2014: From September 16th to 18th our SMC-Excel team participated at the Conference “Boosting Eco-Innovation through Cooperation in Research and Development” organized by the ECO INNOVERA network.

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After four years of col- laboration, exchange and networking with European, associated partners and networks on Eco- Innovations the ECO INNOVERA consortium held its final event bringing together researchers, practitioners and public representatives.

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It was a great conference with stimulating talks and inputs and great contribution. We are very thankful for the positive feedback and useful recommendations from the other participants and environmental experts for our SMC-Excel project.