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Product-service systems evolution in the era of Industry 4.0

Abstract Recent economic transformations have forced companies to redefine their value propositions, increasing traditional product offerings with supplementary services— the so-called Product-Service System (PSS). Among them, the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies is very common. However, the directions that companies are under- taking to offer new value to their customers in the Industry 4.0 have […]

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Frugal-IDeM: An Integrated Methodology for Designing Frugal Innovations in Low-Resource Settings

Abstract People living in low-resource settings at the base of the world income pyramid (i.e. Base of the Pyramid — BOP) face several constraints. To satisfy their unmet needs, integrated frugal innovations are necessary. Several studies, discussed using many names such as ‘design for Base of the Pyramid’, ‘design for development’, ‘product service systems’, ‘frugal […]

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Design, Frugal Innovations and Low-Resource Settings: An Analysis of Five Contextual Aspects

Abstract A data analysis method based on artificial neural networks aiming to support cause-and-effect analysis in design exploration studies is presented. The method clusters and aggregates the effects of multiple design variables based on the structural hierarchy of the evaluated system. The proposed method is exemplified in a case study showing Designing frugal innovations is […]

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Design of Product–Service Systems: Toward an Updated Discourse

Abstract The engineering rationale, composed of established logic for the design and development of products, has been confronted by a shift to a circular economy. Digitalization (e.g., Industry 4.0) enables transformation, but it also increases relational complexities in scope and number. In Product–Service Systems (PSSs), the combination of manufactured goods and services should be delivered […]

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BTH PDRL at the DESIGN’20 online conference

The pandemic situation put an effective hold on the physical venue in Dubrovnik where the 16th International DESIGN conference was planned before the summer. Now the biannual DESIGN event organised by the Design Society were forced into an online version instead. Being a main forum to exchange experiences and lessons learned about engineering design from […]

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Development of a Circularity Impact and Failure Analysis: Obsolescence and Recyclability Integration

Abstract: The application of the Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) has been an established practice in systems engineering and engineering design for some decades. The benefit of applying FMEA is to raise engineers’ awareness of potential risks related to a specific design configuration so that corrective actions can be preventively prioritized to avoid potential […]

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The Decision Arena: A model-centric interactive workspace for Product-Service System design

Abstract Design has become an intense ‘social activity’: working with others and sharing a common understanding are of critical importance to find satisfying solutions for customers and stakeholders. This leads to the issue of how to set up a collaborative, model-based physical environment to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing when different disciplines get together in […]

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The Model-Driven Decision Arena: Augmented Decision-Making for Product-Service Systems Design

Abstract The shift towards Product-Service Systems (PSS) stresses the need to embed new and unique capabilities in Decision Support Systems, with the aim of helping the engineering team in handling the pool of information and knowledge available during decision events. Emerging from a multiple case study in the Swedish manufacturing industry, this paper describes the […]

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Special Issue “Model-Based Systems Engineering and Product Service Systems Design”

Dr Alessandro Bertoni togehter with Dr Massimo Panarotto (PDRL Alumni, now Chalmers) are guest editors of the MDPI Systems Journal Special Issue “Model-Based Systems Engineering and Product Service Systems Design“. This Special Issue particularly looks forward to articles presenting, among others: New methods for MBSE in PSS design; Empirical studies on MBSE implementation in an […]

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