“faster design of modular equipment and components”
“seamless collaboration of engineers”
“reuse of knowledge regarding both products, services and processes”
The European manufacturing industry faces new challenges, which are currently not addressed by today’s products and systems. Most of the products are still in essence ‘simple’ in nature, with no capability for adapting to the consumers’ needs and no integrated methods exist for the holistic acquisition and processing of feedback information emanating from product-services. ICP4Life proposes an integrated, collaborative platform for the design, development and support of productservice systems for SMEs (99% of companies in Europe), equipment manufacturers and energy suppliers in order to maximize the impact in the European industry. The proposed platform comprises of three main components.
The first component (ICP4Life Designer) demonstrates a collaborative web-based application for the creation and management of products and services by engineers and designers of multiple disciplines. The second component (ICP4Life Customizer) is a Product-Service configuration tool for customers, enabling the easy and intuitive formation of Products and Services. The same component will be used for managing product related data pertaining to the manufacturer, supplier and the customer. The third component (ICP4Life Planner) will support the efficient, adaptive and responsive planning and decision making phases, for managing the dynamic operation of the plants and the supply chain.