• 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 Product Development Research Lab

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.

Director of the PDRL is Professor Tobias Larsson.

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Research

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

The research at PDRL 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 Design Automation for Product-Service Systems Design: Framework and Lessons Learned from Empirical Studies

Data-Driven Design Automation for Product-Service Systems Design: Framework and Lessons Learned from Empirical Studies

Abstract The digitalization era has brought about unprecedented challenges for the manufacturing industries, pushing them to deliver solutions that encompass…

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A Solution with Bluetooth Low Energy Technology to Support Oral Healthcare Decisions for improving Oral Hygiene

A Solution with Bluetooth Low Energy Technology to Support Oral Healthcare Decisions for improving Oral Hygiene

Abstract The advent of powered toothbrushes and associated mobile health applications provides an opportunity to collect and monitor the data,…

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Minimizing the negative effects of coolant channels on the torsional and torsional-axial stiffness of drills

Minimizing the negative effects of coolant channels on the torsional and torsional-axial stiffness of drills

Abstract Coolant channels allow internal coolant delivery to the cutting region and significantly improve drilling, but these channels also reduce…

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EVALUATING PROTOTYPING SUPPORT IN EARLY TRANSFORMATIVE PSS DESIGN

EVALUATING PROTOTYPING SUPPORT IN EARLY TRANSFORMATIVE PSS DESIGN

Abstract Prototypes are an established tool for rapidly increasing learning, communication and decision making rationale for design projects. The proven…

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How Covid-19 Enabled a Global Student Design Team to Achieve Breakthrough Innovation

How Covid-19 Enabled a Global Student Design Team to Achieve Breakthrough Innovation

Abstract A data analysis method based on artificial neural networks aiming to support cause-and-effect analysis in design exploration studies is…

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THE RESEARCH DOMAIN OF PRODUCT-SERVICE SYSTEMS AND VOICE OF THE CUSTOMER: A SYSTEMATIC MAPPING

THE RESEARCH DOMAIN OF PRODUCT-SERVICE SYSTEMS AND VOICE OF THE CUSTOMER: A SYSTEMATIC MAPPING

Abstract Product-Service Systems (PSS) have emerged as a key concept to meet the societal and market trends of increasing customer…

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Chinese Product-Service System Innovations Enabled via Governmental Policies: The E-Scooter Case

Chinese Product-Service System Innovations Enabled via Governmental Policies: The E-Scooter Case

Abstract Together with increasingly saturated and commoditized global markets companies are driven to shift their business focus, adopting a strategy…

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Listening to Current Practice: Patient Involvement in the Pharmaceutical Packaging Design Process

Listening to Current Practice: Patient Involvement in the Pharmaceutical Packaging Design Process

Abstract Multiple functional challenges in the use of pharmaceutical packaging reveal a great need of packaging to be designed inclusively.…

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Research Projects

Research Partners

Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. We contribute to the below goals, where #9 and #12 are our high impact goals. Here is our breakdown of the PDRL contributions.