Extreme Product Service Innovation is a project course at Blekinge Institute of Technology where students develop radical (extreme) innovative product and service solutions. The idea is to prepare the students for their work life in product-/service development.

With project supplied by industrial companies, consisting of real needs for future innovation opportunities, students go about gathering and analysing user needs to develop creative solutions for the partner companies. Starting out with a challenge supplied by a partner company, students work in teams of 5-6 people, from challenge to a completed prototype.

We offer three topical directions on projects (link);

  • Performance design | higher/faster/better
  • Design for wellbeing | health/lifestyle/sports
  • Innovation Engineering | new/radical/groundbreaking

Course project news

About Extreme PSS Innovation

Extreme PSS Innovation denotes an innovative solution that considers a combination of both product- and service components that addresses a problem the company’s users has. 

Product-Service System (PSS) highlights that the solution is a combination of a product and a service offering to address the users’ needs in a deeper sense. 

With focus on both service and product components, the idea is to take a more holistic view of the situation and to devise the combination that best serves the users. The focus on Extreme Innovation also signals that the students should thrive in being “outsiders” from the company’s internal processes and thereby take a longer leap into an unknown and provide value to the company by proposing more challenging solutions.

With “extreme" we signal that we want that unexpected twist in the projects

The students work according to a Design Thinking process, where students approach innovation engineering with a basis in end-user needs. Much emphasis in the process is put on creative ideation and prototyping to iteratively work out the final solution in shorter loops.

Important criteria for students relates to solutions being feasibledesirable, and viable, meaning that they need to be able to develop something that can be engineered, while both being attractive and useful to users and making financial sense.

Design Thinking criteria.

The collaborative projects are beneficial for both students and companies: 

  • The students have the chance to apply their engineering skills to develop real solutions in a situation that realistic schedule and cost constraints.
  • They further get a unique insight into both current and future ways of working and collaborating on innovative product / service development.
  • Industrial companies have access to innovative approaches and methods, performed by well-trained students (and coaches) who are not influenced by traditional patterns to problem solving.

Course formalities

COURSE PURPOSE

The purpose of the course is for the students to gain an understanding of how different solutions are developed within industry today through applying and integrating knowledge necessary for future product- and service innovation. Participants will gain knowledge in project management, creative concept development, systems thinking for sustainability and technological solutions.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The course is focused on carrying out a product/service system innovation project with sustainability and innovation focus.

The objective of the course is to acquire, apply and integrate knowledge central to the development of sustainable PSS innovation, in close collaboration with industry and society. By carrying out real team based projects in a collaborative mode the student will have the chance to reflect upon acquired theoretical base and apply this in a real setting. The experience will render the student a good position to enter into the work life.

COURSE CONTENTS

  • Team collaboration
  • Innovation engineering
  • Needfinding
  • Creative concept development
  • Concept selection
  • Engineering design
  • Simulation driven design
  • Prototyping

AIMS & LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of the course the student will know:

  • How to perform needfinding
  • How to develop and evaluate concepts
  • How to prototype solutions
  • How to work effectively in team based setting
  • How to develop innovative PSS design
  • How to work in concurrent engineering mode
  • How to employ advanced simulation driven design tools in applied setting

LEARNING & TEACHING

Course focus is to give the participant knowledge to perform and carry out real product/service development with focus on sustainability and innovation Through reflection sessions, workshops, team exercises and project work students will gain an understanding of the course content. Students will complete assignments on group basis, and will share his/her learning with others through his/her written documents, group work and presentations. The course will be provided in English.

COURSE LITERATURE

Reference litterature:

  • Dyer, J., Gregersen, H. and Christensen, C. (2011) The Innovator’s DNA. Boston, MA, USA. Harvard Business Review Press.
  • Furr, N. and Dyer, J. (2014) The Innovator’s Method: Bringing the Lean Startup into Your Organization. Boston, MA, USA. Harvard Business Review Press.
  • Ries, E. (2011) The Lean Startup. New York, NY, USA. Crown Business.

COURSE EXAMINER

Assistant Professor Christian Johansson Askling

INFO ON COMPANY PARTICIPATION

Finalized projects

Volvo CE Rainbow fleet

Volvo CE Rainbow fleet

Safety through vision Programme: 2015 Master in Mechanical Engineering – Innovative and sustainable product development Course: MT2556 Advanced Product-Service Innovation Corporate partner: Volvo Construction Equipment Challenge: Enable a collaboration between construction machines from different brand and different manufacturing year Solution: A live tracking system that shows every moving actor on the construction site on…

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Digital Twin

Digital Twin

Predicting water usage on asphalt rollers Programme: Master in Mechanical Engineering – Innovative and sustainable product development Course: MT2556, Extreme Product-Service Innovation Corporate partner: Dynapac Challenge: By not knowing how much water is needed for a certain compaction job, construction companies have to estimate how much water is used for…

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Digital Twin

Digital Twin

Predictive maintenance of hydraulic oil Programme: 2015 Master in Mechanical Engineering – Innovative and sustainable product development Course: MT2556, Extreme Product-Service Innovation Corporate partner: Dynapac Challenge: The world is facing a shift towards an industrial revolution called industry 4.0. Manufacturing companies are preparing to migrate to this technical advancement, some…

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Happy Care

Happy Care

Make digital entertainment accessible for everyone Programme: 2015 Master in Mechanical Engineering – Innovative and sustainable product development Course: MT2556, Extreme Product-Service Innovation Corporate partner: Blue Science Park Challenge: Special accommodations/assisting living facilities around Sweden today, suffer from lack of resources in the form of staff who can help the…

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Extreme Product-Service Innovation 2018/19 completed

Extreme Product-Service Innovation 2018/19 completed

Students in the MSc programmes in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management and Engineering have completed their final product-service innovation projects in the course Extreme Product-Service Innovation. The students have been working on different challenges relating to construction equipment and health care in projects that are aimed at allowing the students…

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LARM system

LARM system

At home monitoring system Programme: Maskinteknik, class of 2019. Industriell ekonomi, class of 2019 Course: MT2556 Corporate partner: Landstinget Blekinge Challenge: To help creative innovative solutions for Landstinget Blekinge for patients to get at home healthcare / solutions for mobile teams. Solution:Sensors that collect data from the user and communicate to…

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Volvo CE mobile app

Volvo CE mobile app

Programme: Mechanical / Industrial engineering, class of 2014. Course: MT2556 Avancerad produkt- och tjänstesystemsinnovation Corporate partner: Volvo CE Challenge: Find a solution that supports the machine operator to understand the “small data” in a way that the data is easy accessible, informative and actionable. Solution:An application for mobile phones, computers,…

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C-Connect

C-Connect

The future of medical monitoring Programme: Mechanical / Management / Industrial Engineering, class of 2014. Master of sustainable product service innovation (MSPI), class of 2016 Course: MT2556 Extreme Product Service Innovation Corporate partner: Blue Science Park and the Karlskrona Municipality Challenge: A solution that delays the need of help from…

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Volvo construction app – eco points

Volvo construction app – eco points

Technological innovation for construction equipment Programme: 2014 Master in Mechanical Engineering – Innovative and sustainable product development Course: MT2556 Avancerad produkt- och tjänstesystemsinnovation Corporate partner: Volvo CE Challenge: The construction machines are generating a great amount of data that is used to plan maintenance, track the fuel, check the energy…

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LARM

LARM

Extreme PSS innovation Programme: 2014 Master in Mechanical Engineering – Innovative and sustainable product development Course: Thesis in Civilingenjör industriell ekonomi” Project in MT2556 Corporate partner: Landstinget / Region Blekinge Challenge: To digitalize the healthcare Solution: A system containing a monitoring department, an application etc Impact: The device creates a more…

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DRAMWARE

DRAMWARE

Software innovation for total compaction control Programme: Mechanical Engineering  / Industrial Economy, class of 2014 Course: MT2556, Avancerad produkt- och tjänstesystemsinnovation Corporate partner: Dynapac Challenge: Create a tool that takes the user all the way from the first machine selection, through the production stage and delivers documentation to the client…

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Total Compaction control – Dynapac Group 2

Total Compaction control – Dynapac Group 2

The road to a better road – Dyn@stint Programme: Mechanical engineering / Industrial engineering and management, class of 2014 Course: MT2556 Corporate partner: Dynapac Challenge: The purpose of this project is to create a tool that takes the user all the way from the first machine selection, through the production…

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Landstinget health care at home

Landstinget health care at home

Efficiency and connectivity of mobile teams Programme: Class of 2014, Industrial Management and Mechanical Engineering at BTH Course: MT2556 Corporate partner: Landstinget Blekinge Challenge: Understanding the core issue and today’s drawbacks in the mobile teams. Solution: By streamlining multiple processes and collecting all activities under one combined platform the concept…

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Extreme Product-Service Innovation 2017/18 completed

Extreme Product-Service Innovation 2017/18 completed

For their final projects before their master thesis, students from BTH's masters programmes in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Management and Engineering, and Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation (MSPI) are given challenges from real industrial companies to solve. The course is a central part of BTH's mantra "In Real Life" readying them for their…

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Extreme Product-Service Innovation 2016/17 completed

Extreme Product-Service Innovation 2016/17 completed

Using their achieved engineering skills to solve real challenges from real industrial companies is an important and inspiring challenge for the almost ready engineering students and a central part of the “In Real Life” mantra that BTH students practice. This years’ breed of Innovative product development students from three different…

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Extreme Product-Service Innovation 2015/16 completed

Extreme Product-Service Innovation 2015/16 completed

Using their achieved engineering skills to solve real challenges from real industrial companies is an important and inspiring challenge for the almost ready engineering students and a central part of the “In Real Life” mantra that BTH students practice. This years’ breed of Innovative product development students from three different programs…

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Extreme Product-Service Innovation 2014/15 completed

Extreme Product-Service Innovation 2014/15 completed

On January 14 2015, students in the MT2534 PSS Extreme Innovation (PSSEI) course presented the outcome of this year’s innovation projects. Students from the Master’s programs in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Economy and Management as well as the Master’s program in Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation (MSPI) have teamed up to…

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Extreme Product-Service Innovation 2013/14 completed

Extreme Product-Service Innovation 2013/14 completed

Extreme Innovation happens at BTH On January 30th students in the MT2534 PSS Extreme Innovation (PSSEI) and MT1485 Innovativ Produktutveckling course presented the outcome of their 4-month projects. Students in both courses have teamed up and joined forces to perform and carry out real product-service development activities. These have been…

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