Brochure: Product individualization in retail

September 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm in KUMAC by Peik Uhr

Offering customized products provides particularly small and medium-sized merchants the opportunity to achieve a differentiation advantages over competitors, thereby ensuring long-term success. The central element of a mass customization business model is to intensively interact with customers during the configuration of the customized product. These interaction and service processes significantly affect customers’ perceived product value. However, as these processes are oftentimes are time consuming and costly, they also impact company performance and overall success of a company. Therefore, mass customization companies need to solve a trade-off between serving customers adequately but also to achieve high levels of productivity when designing a customization process in order to be able to fully exploit the potential of mass customization. KUMAC addresses this challenge and provides instruments, approaches and methodologies that help companies mastering it. These and other results of the project were summarized in the brochure “Product Customization in Retail” (in German), which can be accessed here.

SMC-Excel at MCP-CE Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia

September 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm in Project, SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer


On September 24th the Technology and Innovation Management Group, RWTH Aachen University will participate at the 6th International Conference on Mass Customization and Personlization in Central Europe (MCP-CE 2014) and present a research paper about Mass Customization & Sustainability.
The paper which was created in collaboration between Politecnico di Milano (Golboo Pourabdollahian), RWTH Aachen University (Frank Steiner and Stephan Hankammer) and Aalborg University (Ole Horn Rasmussen) deals with the impact factors of Mass Customization on Sustainability.

With the help of a product lifecycle approach the different impact factors along the five phases have been identified and assessed.

product life cycle The MCP-CE conference in Novi Sad is a very good occasion to present how we are putting together the fields of Mass Customization and Sustainability. We are looking forward to share and discuss our ideas on Mass Customization as an environmentally and socially beneficial business model with Mass Customization experts from Central Europe.

Our paper will be presented by Stephan Hankammer on the 24th September during PLENARY SESSION I:MASS CUSTOMIZATION. Hope to see you there.

SMC-Excel @ ECO-INNOVERA Final Conference

September 8, 2014 at 10:14 am in Project, SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

From September 16th to 18th members of the SMC-Excel team will participate in the ECO-INNOVERA Final Conference and the kick-off meeting for newly funded projects in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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The conference aims to enhance collaboration and cooperation in research for eco-innovation:
• How to build partnerships, develop technologies and deliver eco-innovations.
• How to build the case for future co-operation towards a shared vision for system innovation.

At the pre-conference for new projects the SMC-Excel team will present their project. Furthermore, the project leader Prof. Frank T. Piller will moderate a table in the Session on LEARNING FOR EFFECTIVE ECO‐INNOVATION.

You can find more information about the conference in the Conference Agenda

Kick-off: Enhancing Sustainability by Mass Customization for European Consumer Electronics (SMC-EXCEL)

June 1, 2014 at 4:21 pm in Project, SMCExcel by Stephan Hankammer

We are happy to announce the successfull kick-off of our exciting new research project focussing on sustainability and mass customization. Our new project team (Technology and Innovation Management Group, RWTH Aachen University, Germany // e-hoch-3 eco efficiency experts, Germany // Vestel Electronics, Turkey // SUPSI, Department of Innovative Technologies, Switzerland // Gavia SA, Switzerland) is looking forward to develop and evaluate a system innovation enhancing the ecological sustainability in consumer electronics (CE), focusing on television sets (TV).

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The project will provide guidelines and policy recommendations to enhance the eco-sustainability of TVs by shifting its value chain from the current mass production of products with short technology cycles (“gadgetization”) towards a mass customization (MC) of TV sets meeting individual users’ demands. Even though MC has been regarded by the EC as one of the main value drivers of a sustainable economy, manufacturers of consumer electronics have not yet followed this business paradigm. To overcome this adoption barrier, the project will enable a full system innovation by remodeling the complete value chain of the TV industry towards a sustainable business model driven by MC.

We think that the implementation of mass customization in the European consumer electronics (CE) industry will contribute greatly to the European environmental and social policy and will help to reach the European goals of energy and resource efficiency, reduction and elimination of use of toxic chemicals as well as waste and recycling directives. This project will also help to support the European competitiveness in eco-efficiency and sustainability systems and services and thus contributes to building a European job base in sustainable manufacturing. Especially SMEs that contribute individual and regional solutions will benefit from the project. Beyond these potential impacts, it is the project’s vision to provide benefits for individual customers with regard to research on their needs for hedonistic consumption and a sustainable life-style. It hence is necessary to consider different consumer groups that represent structurally different European countries. The transnational structure of the project consortium allows us to systematical evaluate the proposed system innovation by concept testing in different socio-demographics with various political and economic patterns.

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May 25, 2014 at 10:51 am in Project, SMCExcel by admin

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MyWear at the ICE conference – 23 June

May 13, 2014 at 11:34 am in Events, myWear by Fred

The MyWear project will be presented at the ICE 2014 conference during a workshop entitled: Embedded sensors, smart and innovative services for personalised products.

Join us for the workshop on Monday 23 June, from 14.00 to 15.30. The full ICE Conference takes place on 23-24-25 June 2014, in Bergamo, an inspiring town in the middle of Lombardy Region, in Northern Italy.

A short description of the workshop scope:
Today consumer goods like clothing, footwear, sportswear have the untapped potential to escape from being traditional products by mean of innovative services like sensing the status of customer well-being, functional materials etc to offer safe and healthy conditions for applications like work and sport. This paper session aims to discuss innovative approaches to make Smart product concepts into reality. For example, how to turn rigid electronic parts into stretchy, smart clothing material. How to interact with services and technology through clothing. Can we go beyond swiping a hand across a coat sleeves to adjust the volume of a connected music player? What are the services to be created upon the data collected through integrated sensor technology, for the public in general but specifically for elderly, obese, diabetics and disabled? To what extent does new generation of green, safe, healthy and smart work wear and sport wear products need to be customised to individual needs?

Full program is in development. We will post it when available.

KUMAC closing event

April 11, 2014 at 3:08 pm in KUMAC by Peik Uhr

The results of the KUMAC-Project were presented on the 10th of April 2014 at the “Aachen Innovation Plattform” which was dedicated this year to the theme “The Maker Economy”. More information is available here (KUMAC & AIP) or www.aip-conference.de.

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February 21, 2014 at 6:42 pm in ADDFactor, Project by Fred

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ADDFactor project aims at developing an innovative customised shoe manufacturing framework based on the creation of small-local-agile manufacturing units – mini-factories – enabling the distribution at local (mini-factory@retailer) and district scale (mini-factory@area) of technologically advanced fabrication operations. Customization of the shoe is addressed considering functional, bio-medical and safety-wellness related aspects (prevent injuries restoring optimal motion); so as to guarantee comfortable, performing, safe and healthy products for different applications (e.g. orthopedic, sport and leisure, fashion) and different consumers.

Such a framework will include the development and exploitation of new digital tools, industrial technologies for customer data acquisition and elaboration as well as for customised footwear products/components manufacturing to provide instant realization and personalisation services locally (i.e. in retail environments or close to retails such as an utilization site at district level).

KUMAC on the MCPC2014 in Aalborg

February 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm in KUMAC by Stephan Hankammer

At the MCPC-Conference 2014 in Aalborg, we presented results from a study in the context of the KUMAC project. Findings reveal that a more clear structure of the service encounter of a mass customization company helps to increase service productivity. Please see all results of the study in the conference proceedings.
More information is available on the website of MCPC.
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Call for papers: Embedded sensors, smart and innovative services for personalised products

February 4, 2014 at 11:21 am in Events, myWear, Research by Fred

Chair: Prof. Luca Canetta
Co-chair: Rosanna Fornasiero

Short description: Today consumer goods like clothing, footwear, sportwear have the untapped potential to escape from being traditional products by mean of innovative services like sensing the status of customer well-being, functional materiasl etc to offer safe and healthy conditions for applications like work and sport . This paper session aims to discuss innovative approaches to make Smart product concepts into reality. For example, how to turn rigid electronic parts into stretchy, smart clothing material. How to interact with services and technology through clothing. Can we go beyond swiping a hand across a coat sleeves to adjust the volume of a connected music player? What are the services to be created upon the data collected through integrated sensor technology, for the public in general but specifically for elderly, obese, diabetics and disabled? To what extent does new generation of  green, safe, healthy and smart work wear and sport wear products need to be customised to individual needs?

The session specifically welcomed contributions on:
• Wearable sensors and technologies
• People-driven social innovation
• Innovative methods and tools for product/service design/engineering
• Sustainable and eco-friendly smart products and services
• Human-centered design and manufacturing technologies
• Business models and new supply chains for consumer goods products
• Technology and Business Transformation
• Sustainable mass customisation strategies

The workshop is supported and leaded by members of the IMS MTP Initiative YourGoods. The IMS-MTP initiative YourGoods has been created to foster the collaboration among various FP7 projects (CoReNet, Fashion-able, MyWear and Prosumer.net) and partners from Europe, Mexico, USA, Switzerland and Korea. The aim of the MTP YourGoods is to extend the scope of each single project sharing common research themes around Consumer Goods industry applications.

Submissions for this workshop, please send before 10 February an extended abstract to Prof. Luca Canetta or myself.

Custom-fitted ski boots for Australia

December 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm in KUMAC by Peik Uhr

Now KUMAC also received considerable recognition in Australia. At the International Conference for Innovation Research “6th ISPIM Innovation Symposium” project manager Claudia Theilmann from the Fraunhofer IFF Magdeburg was honored for her excellent presentation of KUMAC results with the prestigious “OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD”. At the congress, which was held from 8th to 11th of December 2013 in Melbourne (Australia), Mrs Theilmann could convince 250 experts from over 25 countries, with her presentation.

For further information visit also http://pt-ad.pt-dlr.de/de/1407.php and http://symposium.ispim.org/index.php.

Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 20): www.Choiceshirts.com : Individual Upper Bodies

December 4, 2013 at 11:06 am in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

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In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Known concept, nice execution

Customized T-Shirts are nothing new to the mass customization enthusiast, indeed, there are more than 100 online vendors in this category. But at the same time, t-shirts are one of the most well-known individualized products and certainly one of those that will always have their fans and buyers. Customized shirts are usually affordable and useful in a variety of situations.

One competitior on this crowded market is Choice Shirts. Their slogan “wear what you think” is pretty much program for them as they give you the tools to create a shirt with more or less any motive you could want to wear.

A simple yet solid configurator lets you chose from either a large variety of cliparts, a custom text or your own uploaded image – or a combination thereof. Whatever print you choose will be applied on the shirt you selct from different models of shirts and shipped to your doorstep. Alternatively, if your creativity does not serve you just today, the company also has a huge variety of pre-configured shirts for many different themes.

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Integration platform for smart work/sports wear

December 1, 2013 at 10:00 am in myWear by Fred

The MyWear project on customised green, safe and healthy consumer products has achieved an important intermediate deadline; it has designed and implemented the Data Integration Platform (DIP). Download the MyWear_IntegrationPlatform flyer to have a brief overview.

The DIP offers the following functionalities:

  • Collect data from the scanning
  • Monitor systems
  • Store the data according to the human body data model and represent it in terms of: a) formats required by adaptive production systems and processes, and b) functionalities for customer-centric sensors-enabled value-adding services

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 19): www.photobox.de: Gifts and Decorations From Your Images

November 28, 2013 at 10:20 am in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Make something special from all these holiday photos

Images are conserved memories and hence best shared with those who shared the documented moments, too. And while just uploading your pictures to facebook would probably do, why not take it one step further and surprise your friends and loved ones with some personalized books, cards, decorations and other kinds of gifts, individualized with the best photos from your celebrations (or last holiday).

The German company photobox offers a wide range of individualizable products, from classical photo books, cups, puzzles and stickers to cellphone and tablet covers, calendars, magnets, the unavoidable mousepad, and a lot of others. This is one of the most crowded and largest categories in BtoC mass customization on the web in general.

Their website and configurator appears pretty modern and seems to work fine so if you are looking for something to thank your holiday party host for a wonderful evening, this might be for you.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 18): www.beaniebee.com : Custom Shirts, Sweatters, Ties, Bags…

November 22, 2013 at 9:58 am in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Nice Idea, Slightly Limited Solution Space

Personalized fashion is a great way to express yourself. It’s also very well suited to add a touch of “I really though about it” to any gift you give. And especially for children it’s a good opportunity to break out of the usual spiderman-look.

Amongst others, German online-customizer Beaniebee has exactly that approach covered for you. Offering fairly easy personalization of everything from t-shirts for kids and adults, ties, sweathsirts, bags, even teddy bears.

Their easy to use configurator lets you place both custom text and images on your product of choice, however – and this is where I find the process to be lacking – the amount of images that they offer is relatively limited. There are some theme groups like animals, seasons and so on but each one has a fairly small number of actual images, and the ones availible are often not too creative.

Of course, you can upload your own photo to place on your child’s new t-shirt. But from a technical point of view, their configuration space could have contained a little more diversity.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 17): www.MyJellyBelly.com : A Personal Candy Mix

November 13, 2013 at 9:07 am in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Jelly Bellys mixed to suit your needs – sort of

Here is another mass customization venture targeting the younger ones amongst us. The Candy producer Jelly Belly Candy Company does not only offer their little sweets in stores anymore but also provides owners of a sweet tooth with an online configurator to get a mix of their favorite Bellys in a personalized gift box. (Mars’ M&Ms had the same idea many years ago, but now even allow people to customize the candy itself).

While the box can be designed using a number of templates and individualized by addition of personal images and text, it is unfortunate that the company does only offer three choices of candy-mix: Customers have to choose between a 20-flavor-mix or an entire package filled with either one or two of their favorite flavors. I could see people wanting to mix more than two sorts of candy to get their ideal taste, while not really needing as many as 20.

For me, this is another example of a large brand going into mass customization with a rather simple conceptthat will not provide much harm or complexity, but also will not really capture the full potential of customization. Still, our expert evaluators in the MC500 study liked the site: easy, little complexity, anda fund product full of childhood memories.

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Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 16): www.Yourcover.com : Personalized Fake Magazine Covers

November 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Get as close to being a star as money will buy you

About every little girl (and quite some little boys) dream about one day being on the cover of a major magazine, be it as the new Hollywood star or rock legend. Unfortunately for most of them it will remain a dream as there can only be so many superstars.

For those who still would like to have a magazine cover in a frame on their wall, featuring their very own face next to some impressive headlines, yourcover will have you, for sure, covered.

By means of a simple configuration process you can pick one of many professionally looking templates, grouped by occasions, and then customize it to your needs in terms of personal images and text. At the end of the process you can decide to either download the cover or have it printed and shipped to you.

While this may not be a life saving mission critical service to offer, I think it’s a fun idea and a good example of how personalized media could look in the future. Even if you might not be on the cover of every issue.

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Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

MCPC 2014: Paper Submission System Now Online!

September 3, 2013 at 10:42 am in Events, Participate! by Frank Steiner

MCPCGood news from our collegues at Aalborg University. Preparations for the MCPC 2014 Conference are going along and now you can start submitting your paper to the organizers, using the official submission system via Springer.

So, if you have some interesting research to contribute that fits into the conference’s call for papers, please feel free to follow this link and become part of the next MCPC event. Deadline for full paper submissions is September 15th 2013.

Best of luck and looking forward to meet you in Aalborg!

MCPC 2014: Submission deadline for special session proposal

August 23, 2013 at 10:31 am in Events, Participate! by Frank Steiner

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Please remember the submission deadline for the special session proposal at September 1st, 2013. Also MCPC 2014 is now available via different social media channels. Have a look at the following groups and join your favorite one:

Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 15): www.Personello.com: Custom Printed Picture Gifts

August 20, 2013 at 10:57 am in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

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In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: A picture says more than a thousand words…

That old saying is actually quite true and despite smartphones and internet, many people still have the framed image of their beloved ones on their desk, or their children’s picture in their wallet.

If you tend to find that boring, or if you are looking for a nice present to give to someone you care about, Personello might have you covered. Their portfolio consists of a large variety of products, from mugs over chocolate wrap and snow globes to note paper and even beer bottles. All of these can be customized by printing an uploaded picture of your chosing onto them.

The application of this is certainly not limited to family gifts: Imagine celebrating your next big match victory at the soccer club with beer bottles featuring a shot of the deciding goal! They do also offer your image etched into glas plates, replacing the good old framed window with something a bit more modern. And if you tend to have long working hours like myself, maybe the illuminated pedestal is something worth looking into for you.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 14): www.CurlyQCuties.com: Personalized Plush Toys

August 13, 2013 at 8:47 am in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Custom monsters, fairy-teeth, splatopuses, moggins – you name it, they have it

Stuffed plush toys are a good application for mass customization. They are meant to be our children’s best friends and hence should not just come off the rack. Companies like Build-a-Bear have pioneered this field and now you can order fluffy friends that go beyond bears in shape and form.

CurlyQ Cuties, despite their slightly user-unfriendly company name (try telling somebody about their url…), is sporting a nice portfolio of plush toys you do not see every day. Custom monsters of all kinds, fairy-teeth for those unlucky enough to be at the age of losing their (first) teeth or what they call splatopus: Their product line is certainly a bit special, yet the little creatures look (mostly) friendly and are probably quite lovable for the younger ones.

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Survey on customer experience in customizing or designing clothing online.

August 9, 2013 at 1:40 pm in Participate!, Research by Frank Steiner

Our fellow mass customization researcher Deepita Shah is conducting a study on the experience of customizing clothes online. For this study Deepita is asking for your help: – See more at: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/87409CKQVG

Please support Deepita’s research! Participation takes only about 5 minutes of your time!

Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 13): www.Alphabetplates.com: Individual and fun from breakfast to dinner

August 7, 2013 at 9:27 am in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: The right plates to complement your customized food

There have been already some posts about food in the past. From mymuesli to chocri, personalized food is one of the large trends in mass customization. However, if you choose to individualize what you eat, you should be as picky about what you eat it from.

Alphabetplates offers exactly that, at least for the younger (or young at heart!) amongst us. Utilizing their simple yet efficient configurator your can personalize a number of really nice plates, placemats, lunchboxes and waterbottles. Depending on the chosen base model you can add your (child’s) name, an individually configurable face (you should try that one out!) and more details. Conclusion: a nice product line to spark the interest of the next generation of customization researchers.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 12): www.Myprivatecode.com : The Glas Ceiling of Individualization

July 30, 2013 at 9:48 am in MC500, Media, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

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In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Art as personal as your DNA

Today’s company offers a good that could be described as the maximum in individualization: Art and jewelry, produced not so much by your personal choice but your unique genetic fingerprint, your DNA.

Myprivatecode offers a simple process to get you your piece of unique art/jewelry: Upon selecting the basic product you want to be individualized with your DNA imprint ( just like in a traditional configurator) you receive a simple to use kit which enables you to take a sample of your DNA. That is a quick, painless and harmless process.b After sending the sample back to the company they extract your DNA and refine your chosen product with different forms of displaying your individual code of life.

Even though one should never say never, I wonder how much more personal a product/gift could become.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 11): www.fewsome.com : Affordable Custom Watches

July 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm in MC500, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Watching Time Go By In Style

A watch can be a fairly important piece of jewlery, especially for a man who, in opposite to his female counterpart, can often not wear too many other decorative objects. An individual watch is hence a really nice addition to your individual style and sets your wrist appart from the standard (and is a great converstation starter at a party). This little bit of individualism can easily cost you upwards of a four-digit number of USD or Euro and is usually reserved for a select few.

However, if you do not mind your watch to lack the logo of a high-class premium brand, fewsome might be worth a look for you. On their website, a nice and even animated configurator lets you build your custom wristwatch by picking all the important parts like movement, case, ring, dials, hands and so on. Choice is plentiful and lets you pick both different designs and colors. The result is a pretty unique watch that you can even have engraved on its back cover.

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MCPC 2014 – Call for Papers

July 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm in Events, Participate! by Frank Steiner

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The MCPC 2014 is a multi-track conference featuring a combination of high profile keynotes with expert talks, panel discussions, paper sessions, workshops, receptions, and much more. While it is devoted to sharing and discussing the latest research in the field, the MCPC has a strong focus on real life applications. Since its beginning, there is an equal share of participants, practitioners and academics/researchers. This makes the MCPC truly unique among many conferences. It really strives to connect MCPC thought leaders, entrepreneurs, technology developers, and researchers with people applying these strategies in practice.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 10): www.Mysn.de : Custom Notebooks, Made in Germany

June 12, 2013 at 9:18 am in MC500, Media, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Another Very Personal Computer

Recently I posted about PC costomizer Dell as part of our MC500 Study. Today we are taking a look at one of Dell’s competitors in the segment of individualized computers, Mysn.de/Schenker Notebooks.

While I sometimes argue in my classes that customization is not longer a value proposition in the computer market, these comapnies show that the classic application of mass customization still has its market.

Like Dell, Mysn.de are offering variety of base laptops which you can then customize to your exact media-/ business-/ gaming-/ etc- needs. While their configurator is not exactly a graphical firework, it gets the job done well and lets your virtually assmeble the machine of your dreams (or your budget). I believe that exactly for these hardcore applications customization still has functional value.

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Note: Please see this post for detailed information on how to interpret the above data.

Factory Layout Planner @SPS IPC Drives Italia

June 5, 2013 at 9:52 am in Dorothy, Media, Project by Silvia Menato

From 21th to 23th of May 2013 SPS IPC Drives Italia, the most important Italian exhibition concerning technologies for industrial automation systems, took place in Parma.

SUPSI participated presenting the Factory Layout Planner multi-touch tool, developed within the Dorothy project in collaboration with the Italian partner TTS – Technology Transfer System S.r.l.

SPS Italia gave the opportunity to show this simulation tool aimed at supporting layout design and the discrete event simulation of production systems behavior. A showcase of this tool is presented in the video, that was shot at SUPSI at the end of the project.

 

Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 9): www.phdesigns.co.uk : Custom Sleeping Bags for the Outdoor Adventurer

at 9:24 am in MC500, Media, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

MC500

In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Custom Sleeping Bags Deluxe

Do you like to spend your time outdoors? Go hiking in the mountains, explore nature by boat or even climb on icy glaciers? In any case, if you are doing any kind of adventurous activity that involves sleeping under the stars (maybe with a thin tent between you and the actual stars) then you will probably need a sleeping bag.

Especially in snowy regions of the world your life (or good sleep, at least) might depend on having a sleeping bag that fits your exact needs. And while some manufacturers already offer some customization options, PHD Mountain Software takes things a step further by letting you configure about every aspect of the bag that I can imagine. So if I just sparked your interest in a holiday trip to the top of the Mont Blanc, maybe PHD has the right equipment for you.

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Featured Companies from the MC500 (Part 8): www.Mymat.de : Customized Doormats for a Successful First Impression

May 29, 2013 at 9:56 am in MC500, Media, Project, Research by Frank Steiner

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In our series of postings introducing companies that performend very well in our Customization 500 study, we are introducing the next mass customizer. Remember: The order of these feature postings is more or less randomly!


Today: Style the Ground You are Walking on!

Here in Germany, sunny days are sparse. They only occure on workdays and the sun usually hides behind thick rainy clouds the moment you leave the office. To keep your home free of dirt, doormats are the tool of choice. However, as the saying goes, “there is no second chance for the first impresson”. With this in mind – and especially if you get a lot of people to visit you frequently – you might want to fine-tune the first impression of your home by designing your very own custom doormat.

German MC-Company Mymat.de has you covered in this regard, with a wide variety of either pre-designed or personalized mats. Their simple yet efficient configurator lets you pick from a number of templated which you can then customize with your desired size, color, symbols and text and have it shipped to your doorstep – right where it belongs. So if you are considering moving to Germany or do have bad weather of your own, check out their website at www.mymat.de.

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