The following research projects are currently ongoing within the laboratory
RP2.1 – Functional Product Development Process
The aim of the work is to investigate product development processes to highlight changes due to a Functional Product Development (FPD) focus. The outcome of a FPD process is intended to bring added value to customers compared to the development of ‘traditional’ products. To achieve this, the development team must have methods and tools to, for example:
find, generate, analyse and communicate customer information,
collaborate in a cross-company manner,
analyse and communicate downstream knowledge in early phases,
assess innovation aspects – incremental or radical – in relation to customer/company benefits.
Experiences from Phase 1, for example, Total Offer Readiness Level modelling and simulation in combination with studies of development processes suitable for Product-Service Systems (PSS), point to two upcoming opportunities:
application of the concept of knowledge maturity to suggest decision gate criteria to support FPI processes
proposal of a tentative FPI process that can be ‘tested’ and evaluated, feedback from In Service experiences contribute to this case.
RP2.2 - Functional Product System Availability
Information flows and patterns will be used to distinguish issues of relevance for progress from product development to functional product development. Subsequently, the aim is to also provide input for the design of supporting tools. The main thematic focus is currently on availability. The project deals with tools for maximised uptime, (i.e. high availability) as well as lower service costs, with the purpose of supporting development or evaluation of hardware-based services in an early concept stage. A main approach for evaluation is through process modelling and simulation of processes which, within agreed scenarios, may deliver customer services.
RP2.3 – Extended Win-Win Enterprise Collaboration for Functional Product Development
The aim of this research project is to investigate if it is possible to deploy a Functional Product Development (FPD) process to achieve a win-win situation in joint ventures. The collaboration can be performed in a virtual manner; hence, the impression of an extended enterprise ‘in-between’ the companies occurs. In short, win-win means that all stakeholders gain additional value. The partners need methods and tools to, for example:
distinguish the win-win situation with respect to the strategies of several different stakeholders/actors,
identify and assess the aspects that can be ‘traded’ to create win-win,
balance the development of traditional products and the collaborative efforts to develop functions, i.e., weighing competition or win-win in relation to innovation aspects.
The experiences gained in Phase 1, e.g., value modelling, value simulation, open innovation principles and other customer-focused approaches, provide a basis for further studies. Also, to enhance a win-win perspective, the sustainability aspects are to be explored.
RP2.4 – Conversion of Monitored Data to Usable Knowledge in Product Development
An objective is to understand utilisation requirements and thereafter to develop tools which improve the effectiveness of studied work processes. The aim is to reduce the business risk of the studied company. Important usable knowledge required need to be identified in order to create effective work methods or tools by which to reduce the industrial business risk. This knowledge, based on data from products in use, and methods for risk exploration form the scope of the project.
RP3.1 – Models as a Device for Knowledge Sharing
The aim of this project is to continue to develop a tool and corresponding methods for communicating models and pertaining data in B2B relations. The focus is on increased efficiency as well as web integration in Stage 2 of the Faste Laboratory.
RP3.2 – Information Integration and Implementation
RP3.3 – Retention and Reuse of Knowledge in Product Development
The aim of this project is to develop methods and tools to retain and reuse knowledge in product development. The project will focus on how to use 3D-models as carriers of knowledge and information in a B2B relation.
RP3.4 – Simulation Driven Functional Product Development and Operation
The aim of this project is to derive methods and tools for simulation-driven functional product development. The project will mainly focus on properties of function offers coupled to the hardware and software.