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Development of product-service systems: challenges and opportunities for the manufacturing firm
Volvo Aero Corporation , Trollhättan, Sweden and Division of Functional Product Development, Luleå University of Technology , Luleå, Sweden.
Division of Functional Product Development, Luleå University of Technology , Luleå, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2009 (English)In: Journal of engineering design (Print), ISSN 0954-4828, E-ISSN 1466-1837, Vol. 20, no 4, 329-348 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Product-Service Systems (PSS) raise interesting opportunities for the manufacturing firm as the function is provided to meet customer needs rather than the physical hardware itself. PSS offerings based on the manufacturers knowledge about the product and the technology can increase its status as problem-solver and solution-provider, reduce life cycle cost and produce high revenue. However, PSS including, e.g. hardware, services, software and electronics are efficient and competitive only if developed for the specific purpose with features such as easy to maintain, upgradeable, with built-in sensors for collecting in-use and service data, and easy to use. This changes the requirements on the manufacturing firms development process. Looking back historically, the last century gives an interesting changing landscape of the rationale for the product-development methods used in manufacturing firms. This article, based on the previous research in the product- and service-development fields, and on empirical results from studies at several manufacturing firms, looks into how the engineering work is affected by PSS and how it can be enhanced for PSS, especially in terms of required competencies and other capabilities. It results in recommendations for a new, functional product-development process.

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Taylor & Francis, 2009. Vol. 20, no 4, 329-348 p.
Keyword [en]
product service systems, functional product development, integrated solutions, engineering methods
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19797DOI: 10.1080/09544820903152663ISI: 000268278700002OAI: diva2:229001
Available from: 2009-08-10 Created: 2009-08-10 Last updated: 2014-03-18Bibliographically approved

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