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Petter Kyösti, PhD in Computer Aided Design at Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Ted Karlsson. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

New research shows the effects of functional products

Published: 29 January 2016

In a doctoral thesis by Petter Kyösti, decision support tools for functional products and how the support system improves availability is presented.

– The goal with my research has been to contribute to functional products becoming realistic options by predicting their effects, says Petter Kyösti, PhD in Computer Aided Design at Luleå University of Technology.

Functional products are an alternative way of doing business that can increase business competitiveness. These businesses contribute to sustainable development, both economic, social and environmental.

–  By selling functional products you can perform a task in a more efficient manner where less raw material, energy and resources are required. The supplier of functional products account for operating losses and maintenance, which allows the service provider to develop solutions that are sustainable over the entire product life cycle. One advantage for the provider is that it retains ownership, which means that it retains control of the product and can ensure that it is handled and taken out of service in a responsible manner.

– The decision support tool I present in my thesis can be used now, but as functional products is a new way to develop products, more research is needed that studies which aspects that are specific to the case and which are general and can be applied to other situations.

Financiers of the thesis has been The Faste Laboratory and Bosch Rexroth Mellansel AB.