A challenge for Product Extension Service (PES) design is the integration of ambient intelligence and human general intelligence within overall systems. An example would be an end-user loading a fridge / freezer in such a way as to enable nutritional information on food packaging to be machine read. This relies on the human capabilities to undertake complex psychomotor activities that combine cognitive functions and physical movements. Designing the combination of human and ambient intelligence is essential because users will become dissatisfied if PESs do not operate quickly, accurately and reliably, but PESs cannot undertake tasks requiring versatile general intelligence. Human beings are well-used to undertaking work in conjunction with machines in order to fulfil personal objectives. This has been defined as ‘consumption work’, which involves all work necessary for the purchase, use, re-use and disposal of consumption goods and services. Thus, it is appropriate to design PESs where end-users are enthusiastic to make effort to better enable the fast accurate functioning of ambient intelligence. More broadly, the combination of natural intelligence, such as human intelligence, and artificial intelligence, such as ambient intelligence, can be described as multi-intelligence (MI). This is the topic of new journal paper by ProSEco consortium partner VTT, which reframes artificial intelligence as one of many factors in intelligent systems rather than as the overriding factor. The paper can be found here:
The ProSEco project together with the DIVERSITY and the SAFIRE project, have supported a joint session in the INDIN 2017 conference in Emden, Germany that went from 24th to 26st of July 2017. The joint session, with the title “Integrating Cloud Technologies, Context Sensitive tools and Data Mining for Design of Product-Service Systems” was a good opportunity to present the work being done in in the projects ProSEco, DIVERSITY and SAFIRE and hearing from several other projects with work in the same topic.
The conference Open Innovation 2.0: The Platform for Digital Innovation has taken place at the heart of Transylvania – Cluj-Napoca 13th and 14th June 2017. This was the fifth edition of this high-level conference key for the competitiveness of Europe. The aim in this edition has been to put the spotlight on the success stories and on the promotion of collaborative projects between the actors of the local and regional innovation ecosystem. ProSEco was present in the stand of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (one of the research partners in ProSEco project).
The Conference was organized by DG CONNECT, the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group and the Committee of Regions, in partnership with Cluj-Napoca Municipality, ARIES Transylvania and other relevant actors of the regional innovation ecosystem. It was opened by Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca with the presence of representatives from EC (DG Grow, DG RTD, etc.) and the academic world.
Prof. Chesbrough’s more recent (and preferred) Open Innovation definition (2006) is:
“Open innovation is the use of purposive inflows and outflows of knowledge to accelerate internal innovation, and expand the markets for external use of innovation, respectively. It is assumed that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as they look to advance their technology.”
European projects like ProSEco are one of the dynamics and realities that give body to this concept. ProSEco fosters open innovation and is more than knowledge transfer or results transfer, it is about knowledge co-creation among Research partners, Industrial partners and software provider partners. The project results’ sets the consortium on the way to innovation and will expand their markets and their influence.
If we have in mind the diffusion of innovations theory (Everett M. Rogers) finding innovators or early adopters is key. The innovation must be widely adopted in order to self-sustain; a critical mass of users must be reached.
In the case of ProSEco project, several industrial partners (Electrolux, Desma, Volkswagen, Ona, Alberdi) are acting as test-bed for the research results and a showcase for the project results. ProSEco provides answers in the new context where industry is currently moving from business models based on selling products to business models based on services. We are in the age of context and connectivity. ProSEco is supporting the adoption of those trends by proposing a platform to create customised services according customer’s needs. It goes beyond basic processes digitalization facilitating transition to industry 4.0 using technologies and methodologies as ambient intelligence and context awareness, data mining/analytics, impact assessment and services configuration.
Dissemination of European Projects results is one of the activities to communicate new technological development and their possible applications in different sectors. ProSEco was presented at the European Business Summit ,that took place in Egmont Palace in Brussels, in the section meet the experts on the 23rd of May. A very impressive scenario where ProSEco was explained as well as how the proliferation of new emerging technologies and paradigms will improve the capability of manufacturing companies to create customised services for their own products.
New technologies are enabling individuals to have more input into ideation, design, production, and distribution of physical goods. For example, the Internet of Things can enable individuals to combine sensors etc., with mass produced and mass custom goods in order to create new types of environments – however they imagine them to be. For example, there are now Wi-Fi enabled light bulbs that can be configured in almost infinite varieties of original unique lighting scenes; and can be controlled by voice, SMS, tweet and so on. The Wi-Fi-enabled bulbs are offered by a global physical mass production company, while control apps are provided by separate competing global digital mass customization companies. Around these offerings, mass imagineering communities evolve as individuals share hacks online concerned with how to better imagine and engineer more sophisticated lighting scenes. This leads to word-of-mouth marketing for the mass production and mass customization companies’ offerings, as well as the ‘edge effect’ of extension of the diversity of lighting scenes. ProSEco provides a new platform for individuals, and companies, to rapidly engineer what they imagine by applying IoT and Ambient Intelligence to mass produced and mass custom goods. In a new paper in the Journal of Consumer Culture, Stephen Fox from ProSEco partner VTT, explains how the emerging phenomena of mass imagineering can enrich mass production and mass customization.
ProSEco was present in the Advanced Factories 2017 held in Barcelona in the first week of April by the hand of SEMANTIC Systems. The SEMANTIC stand had room to show the involvement in the ProSEco project and provide leaflets to interested parties.
The ProSEco project has published the third newsletter presenting the main technical results of the project, in particular the ProSEco Collaborative Development Platform, supporting Engineering tools, ProSEco deployment solution, Core Services and the PES methodologies that guide and support the whole PES development and deployment workflow. Also the Past and Future Events are presented.
ProSEco was selected to be presented at the European Business Summit (EBS) Innovation Hub in Brussels on the 22nd and 23rd of May 2017. It will be a good opportunity to present the ProSEco results to the EBS audience – a mix of Policy makers, business representatives and researchers.
Several ProSEco partners (Electrolux, ATB, Uninova, CNU) attended in Teheran the Second International Conference on Fourth Industrial Revolution on February 27th and 28th. Each made presentations presenting ProSEco and ProSEco related topics. Important attendants from Academia and Government were very interested in the presented topics.
LEI has presented ProSEco to industry and university representatives at an information day “Industry 4.0 and Horizon 2020” organized by National Contact Point at Wrocław University of Technology. The short presentation can be found here (in Polish).
ProSEco and the DIVERSITY projects, have supported a Special session in the Pro-VE 2016 conference in Porto that went from 3rd to 5th of October 2016.
The special session “Collaboration in Intelligent Product Ecosystems” was a very good opportunity to present the work being done in ProSEco and DIVERSITY.
The ProSEco consortium presented two papers in this Special session:
Sebastian Scholze, Ana Correia, Dragan Stokic, Kevin Nagorny, Philipp Spindler “Tools for Human-Product Collaborative Development of Intelligent Product Service Systems”, Pro-VE’16, Porto, Portugal, 03-05 October 2016.
Shamaila Iram, Terrence Fernando, May Bassanino “A Novel Hybrid Engineering Methodology to Enhance Collaboration during the Design and Development of Meta Product Services”, Pro-VE’16, Porto, Portugal, 03-05 October 2016.
The DESMA House Fair is a biennial event organised by DESMA in Achim, at their headquarters and it took place this year on the 15th and 16th of September. The event received more than 600 international visitors from all continents, interested in the newest developments made by DESMA and their close partners. ProSEco was presented to the visitors with very good feedback from their side. You will find more information about this event in this presentation.
Meta-products comprise physical goods and physical services with emergent personal functionalities, which are based on the automated intelligent collection and processing of personal data as physical goods and services are used. As much of the value of meta-products resides in data in the Cloud, meta-products have great potential for international marketing and sales. This can be enabled by making use of sensors and actuators already within existing physical goods; by adding them to existing physical goods; and/or by selling new physical goods. Technological developments in the EU ProSEco project are needed to extend the scope, and improve the technical performance, of meta-products. However, the technical performance of meta-products are qualifying factors for potential sales, while actual purchases depend winning factors determined by potential buyers’ diverse cognitive and emotional perspectives that arise from cultures, personality types, and past experiences. One important consideration in the marketing and sales of meta-production is the extent to which national cultures are relevant when meta-products involve the globalization of automated intelligence and Cloud technologies. A second important consideration is the extent to which remote monitoring combined with automated intelligence can be a source of concerns about privacy, etc. to customers or can attract customers. In order for such complex issues to addressed during the design of meta-products, a new market simulation tool is being developed in the ProSEco project. This is founded upon in-depth research and relevant scientific theories of proven predictive value. Two recently published scientific papers provide detailed analyses of how national cultures and automated intelligence can affect purchasing behaviours.
Fox, S. (2016) Reframing the influence of national cultures within multi-resolution simulation models. Management Research Review, 39(5), 521 – 545.doi.org/10.1108/MRR-09-2014-0211
Fox, S. (2016) Domesticating artificial intelligence: Expanding human self-expression through applications of artificial intelligence in prosumption. Journal of Consumer Culture, doi: 10.1177/1469540516659126
ProSEco presented their midterm results in the first Factories of the Future Conference 2016 with the title Materialising Factories 4.0 . It was organised by EFFRA (The European Factories of the Future Research Association) of the private side in the ‘Factories of the Future’ public-private partnership. It took place at Brussels during the 15th and 16th of September 2016.
The event has raised a great expectation. It was opened by Günther H. Oettinger European Commissioner of Digital Economy and Society who remained of the importance of the industrial sector for the competitiveness of Europe, and factories of the future as one of the main drivers of the innovation, with special emphasis in the need of collaboration and to create strong partnerships.
The conference has been very inspiring thanks to the possibility to hear speakers from companies like Siemes or Airbus about how they manage innovation and try to make the future be the present. The conference explored key topics at the centre of the ongoing transformation of manufacturing in Europe.
Besides parallel sessions, there was a novelty in how Effra is doing their workshops. It organised two pitching sessions (The FoF-Pitch) where participants of FoF projects we had the opportunity to present briefly their results to potential business and innovation partners.
Ana Arroyo on behalf of Tecnalia (project coordinator) presented ProSEco in one pitching session. Also Use-it –wisely (project within the same EU cluster project of FOF) was presented there.
In the two days there were parallel sessions with a wide reange fo topics form Digital Technologies & the Factory Floor, Energy & Material Efficiency, Product Life-Cycle Management & Business Models in a Product-Service Economy to Digital Technologies & Networked Factories and data Security, Liability & Integrity in Connected Factories, Additive Manufacturing & Advanced Joining Technologies or Next Generation Robotics & Mechatronics in Manufacturing.
For me Factories of the Future Conference’ was very well organised, well balanced key speakers, parallel sessions and pitch and a good show window to display the achievements of ‘Factories of the Future’ projects.
I understand why EFFRA is happy, the event with a participation rate of nearly five hundred people it is the largest event of its kind to focus on ‘Factories of the Future’.
I¡s been great to take part of it. Thanks very much EFFRA.
One of the results of the Use-IT-Wisely projects is the The Box of Preconceptions, a tool to reduce the influence of the past in the future. ProSEco has supported the translation into several languages (current versions include English, Basque, Portuguese and Spanish) and the field testing.
The ProSEco project together with the DIVERSITY project, have supported a joint session in the IPSS CIRP 2016 conference in Bergamo that went from 20th to 21st of June 2016. The joint session, with the title “Integrating Cloud Technologies, Social Network Analysis, Context Sensitive tools and Knowledge Management for Eco-innovative Lean Product-Service Systems Design” was a good opportunity to present the work being done in ProSEco and hearing from several other projects with work in the same topic.
LEI Poland has organized an international Lean Management Conference in Wrocław, Poland for over 400 participants, mainly managers from manufacturing and services. At the conference held between 7-9th June 2016 prints with information about ProSEco was exhibited and received positive feedback.
To the Spanish speaking readers among you, it is worth a visit to the Basque Country website where ProSEco’s coordinator Tecnalia and in particular the ProSEco project are given a focus as a collaborative platform being developed to advance the Industry 4.0 in Europe:
Following our clustering activities plan, ProSEco was invited to a Use-it-wisely project general assembly meeting. The objective of the event was to get to know each project better in order to find similarities, discuss potential issues leading to an increase of the overall impact of our projects. The joint workshop was held the 3rd of December 2015 at University of Málaga ETSI de Telecomunicación in Malaga, Spain.
Cyril Masia (Exploitation Leader) and Ana Arroyo (Project Coordinator) from ProSEco project participated in the meeting.
Both projects are organised around sectorial Business Cases. We took advantage of this to organise the workshop following this leitmotiv.
After a warm welcome from Use- it- wisely project coordinator Göran Granholm from VTT, we presented our projects, and started sharing Business Cases or Test Cases with the technologies and developed involved.
We had explanations about their and our Test Cases named:
Design, maintenance and refurbishment of turbines in a collaborative environment
Upgrades of mobile crushers
Commercial space service development
Production systems for truck cabs
Vessel information-rich meta-file
Sustainable Furniture That Grows with End-users
Support Remote condition based of household appliances and shoe manufacturing machines.
Lean based design of eco-driven services around machines from machine builder sector.
This is a starting point for future collaborations and for join activities to maximise the impact of our projects.
At this point we would like to thank the Use-it-wisely project for sharing their experiences.
Besides the opportunity to co-create new innovation with European partners, EU projects offers time and space to experience first-hand diversity.
In the fourteen ProSEco partners we find a multidisciplinary team, with experts in specific knowledge areas to answer the technical complexity of ProSEco project challenges. But beyond that, there is added value.
The Seventh FP7 Monitoring Report published by the European Commission, in its chapter Patterns of women participation in FP7 says that 26,95% of participants were women. This percentage includes all the roles from contact person for legal aspects, scientific aspects, administrative officers, to principal investigator, etc. And while the record of women participation in Science in Society call is about 40% followed by Regions of Knowledge with the 33%), in NMP (ProSEco project) and Transport the percentage lowers down to 16%.
There is a Spanish proverb that says (something like) “If something is known it’s not talked, as it’s not talked it is forgotten”. In XXI century, it might sound obvious women participating in technology. And as it’s taken for granted, it’s not given the value that it deserves.
We would like to encourage the participation of women in these technological projects as they are an example to other women.
The ProSEco consortium gathered during October 29th in Durango at ONA’s premises for a technical working meeting and October 30th in Bilbao at Tecnalia’s premises for a general meeting. Both meeting were complementation and were used to assess the status of the project with special focus on the finished Early Prototype and ongoing testing and business cases specific implementation.
On the 28th of October the ProSEco consortium had their first Exploitation Strategic Seminar to bring the partners to exchange ideas and advance the ideas on how to exploit the ProSEco results after the end of the project. This seminar was facilitated by Mr Lars Iversen and the main ideas will be elaborated internally and included in the next Plan for Using and Disseminating of Foreground document that will be issued next year.
ProSEco Partners attended event organised by the Basque Government. Basque Country has a powerful industrial and entrepreneurship tradition. The challenge is to maintain this relevant position and go beyond it.
This event is a meeting point for Industry where trends about Industry are shared and a great place to networking.
We had an institutional welcome and then Wolfgang Dorst )Head of Department “Industry 4.0” at BITKOM) gave us his views about: “ INDUSTRY 4.0 ¿DIGITAL UTOPIAN OR A BUSINESS CASE?. It was more like a pedagogical approach than a hypertechnical view, but anyway inspiring. It remembered me, somehow, ProSEco approach.
He talked about the four waves of the industry: Industry 1.0 carbon, water and stem, industry 2.0 electricity, industry 3.0 Electronic and 4.0 cyberphisic systems. Industry 4.0 is not about factories without people (automation form the 80`s) but with generating more value.
Wolfgang Dorst provided some example of evolutions: cars are thought as three layers: first mechanical layer, second electronical layer and the third one the service layer. Always thinking is the personalisation of the product, engage the customer that like to have something different and customised, putting more intelligence in the product, of course, with ICT, cloud computing, big data, etc.
Industry 4.0’s challenge is to manage complexity of the market, understand better the customer, to get info from the customer to provide more services. And those new services and their business models have to do with
1) predictive maintenance
2) Data mining –anomaly detection and
3) condition monitoring.
Semantic and Tecnalia were also participants in organising workshops as well as being in the exposition area. ProSEco Project was present through them.
Use-it-Wisely works with ProSEco on an innovation methodology field trial in Spain
Dr Stephen Fox, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, led sister EU project Use-It-Wisely’s first research collaboration with ProSEco.
Since Use-It-Wisely first began, three field trials of its new science-based innovation methodology have been successfully carried out in Finland, Greece and Sweden. The aim of the methodology is to shift the focus of innovation from improving internal operating efficiency to increasing market effectiveness. The first external collaborative trial of Use-It-Wisely with sister European project ProSEco, took place between 15th-16th September 2015. The trial took place in Derio, Bizkaia, Spain, with two ProSEco industrial companies, Alberdi and ONA. The focus of the field trial was to further apply and develop the innovation methodology.
ONA will be present at the world machine tool exhibition EMO Milano 2015 as an exhibitor and will present, among their products, the project ProSEco. The exhibition will take place from the 5th to the 10th of October at the exhibition centre of fieramilano.
From EMO’s website:
Machines to build the future, cutting-edge solutions that give the possibility of achieving what mankind has imagined, and technologies on which the improvement of the quality of life depends: this and much more will be EMO MILANO 2015. The spotlight will be on the wide offer of machine tools available, capable of attracting users from all the main sectors that use metal working systems.
The ProSEco consortium met at the premisses of UNINOVA in Caparica, Lisbon, on 13 and 14th of January. The consortium discussed the current status of the project and made concrete plans on how to reach the month 18 milestone of the project.
The ProSEco project has published the second newsletter covering the latest six months of the project (from April 2014 up to September 2014) and in particular ProSEco Concept and Business Cases, the main work developed in this period. Also the Past and Future Events are presented.
ONA was present at 28th BIEMH Machine Tool Exhibition in Bilbao (Spain) with a booth where they presented a preliminary approach to a new Premium Series of wire EDM machines. This new design has been proposed to be analyzed from several points of view in the context of the ProSEco Project. To support this ONA also presented, close to the machine, a big poster describing the main machine features and including a zoom version of the ProSEco leaflet.
ONA, as a machine manufacturer will be Bienal Española de Máquina-Herramienta (running from 2nd to 7th of June), the main machine tool fair in Spain where machine tool builders and all related tools and machinery have the possibility to present their products to potential customers. In this fair, ONA will present the ProSEco project along with their line of products.
The ProSEco project has published the first newsletter covering the first six months of the project (from October 2013 up to March 2014) and in particular Objectives, Targeted results, Project Realisation where the Business Case and all partners are introduced and Past and Future Events.
ProSEco has been clustered in Session 2.1: Simulation, Modelling and Forecasting in Digital Factories; Area 2: Innovative Design of Personalised Product-Services and of their Production Processes Based on Collaborative Environments with the projects USE-IT-WISELY and EASY-IMP.
The Project Officer rapporteur from this session track provided a list of clustering activities proposed by organisations attendees related to the impact. The list vary from “Joint Standardisation efforts interoperability, ontologies, etc.” to “Develop jointly exploitation concepts in view of new innovation support projects in H2020” or ” Joint demos”.
LEI Poland made a short presentation of ProSEco during the workshop on FP7/Horizon2020 organized by Wroclaw Center for Technology Transfer to an audience of managers and scientists interested in research projects. The feedback was very positive and there is interest in the further development of ProSEco.