• Product development

    We do product development research within the area of mechanical engineering, with a focus of supporting the future sustainable products and services in our society

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  • Model driven development

    We're working with a model driven approach where we model, simulate and visualize entire life-cycles already in the conceptual design phase.

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  • Value Driven Design

    A shift from delivering products to giving access to use-of-product (product-service systems) is putting higher focus on the value of a design. Read about how we transform the field of Value Driven Design,

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About Research Group

The Product Development Research Laboratory is a research team at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Blekinge Institute of Technology.

The unit is highly specialized on in-depth knowledge on digital product development.

Our work is focused on developing the “engineers desktop" with methods and tools to support companies to deliver innovative product-service system concepts that support the transition to a future sustainability society.

PDRL is led by Professor Tobias C. Larsson.

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The ability to effectively deliver new values to the market; innovation, is a challenge on global scale for companies today. 

The research at PRDL aims at targeting early development stages of product development by use of a model based engineering approach with simulation at the core.

The research is particularly oriented towards early development, and questions of how to best identify, communicate, utilize, and re-use knowledge about, for example, user needs and product usage, are of high interest together with aspects of team based innovation, value creation and engineering optimisation.

Creating the ability to run simulation driven design of new sustainable solutions by using a model based approach is a key in order to support global product development where sustainable lifecycle solutions; product-service systems is the goal.

The applied research efforts provide new work procedures, methods and tools as well as new insights that support and enable product development improvements for our partners, while the research at the same time is disseminated in the proper academic channels to ensure quality control.

Below are our main research areas within mechanical engineering.

INNOVATION ENGINEERING

"Engineering the capability to deliver innovation"

Methods and tools to inspire and deliver innovation is at the core of the innovation engineering research. Supporting innovation capability, including measuring of innovation, to be deployed in corporate context.

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MODEL DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT

"Digital product development"

Industry and society is becoming more and more model driven and data and models are being shared between different stakeholders to follow-up productivity, carbon footprint, cost etc. It is clearly time utilize live data in combination with extended modelling and simulation to as early as possible in the conceptual design make informed decisions.

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PRODUCT-SERVICE SYSTEMS

"Engineering life-cycle functional solutions"

Society is rapidly developing into a function based solution society for a circular economy reasoning. We do research that support this transition from pure hardware development into hybrid product/service/software development.

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Latest Research Publications

Data-driven modelling in the era of Industry 4.0: A case study of friction modelling in sheet metal forming simulations

Data-driven modelling in the era of Industry 4.0: A case study of friction modelling in sheet metal forming simulations

ABSTRACT With growing demands on quality of produced parts, concepts like zero-defect manufacturing are gaining increasing importance. As one of…

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A simplified approach towards customer and provider value in PSS for small and medium-sized enterprises

A simplified approach towards customer and provider value in PSS for small and medium-sized enterprises

ABSTRACT While the provision of PSS is becoming more and more common, the transition toward a servitized business model is…

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Högpresterande innovationsteam – steg för steg

Högpresterande innovationsteam – steg för steg

ABSTRACT Det bubblar om innovation överallt. Alltfler förstår att innovation är avgörande för fortsatt framgång och överlevnad oavsett typ av…

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Prisoner’s Dilemma as a Workshop Tool?

Prisoner’s Dilemma as a Workshop Tool?

ABSTRACT Product lifecycles are shorter than ever and agile innovation processes and teams are being developed to meet challenging product…

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Introductory study of sheet metal forming simulations to evaluate process robustness

Introductory study of sheet metal forming simulations to evaluate process robustness

ABSTRACT The ability to control quality of a part is gaining increased importance with desires to achieve zero-defect manufacturing. Two…

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Role and Challenges of Data-Driven Design in the Product Innovation Process

Role and Challenges of Data-Driven Design in the Product Innovation Process

ABSTRACT The paper discusses the role and the challenges of integrating Data-Driven Design (DDD) models in the product innovation process.…

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Data Mining through Early Experience Prototyping: A step towards Data Driven Product Service System Design

Data Mining through Early Experience Prototyping: A step towards Data Driven Product Service System Design

ABSTRACT The construction industry is ripe for disruption through innovative solutions that provide added productivity. Equipment manufacturers are attempting to…

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Data-driven value assessment of packaging solutions

Data-driven value assessment of packaging solutions

ABSTRACT Research in Product Service Systems design increasingly focuses on how to develop ‘capabilities’ for assessing the value of solutions already…

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