The Faste Laboratory-Stage 2
|Coordinator||Luleå tekniska universitet - Fastelaboratoriet|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 21 000 000|
|Project duration||January 2009 - December 2011|
Purpose and goal
The Faste Laboratory-Stage 2New methods and tools have been developed enabling functional products with optimized lifecycle cost and customer value. The concept of Functional Product Innovation will be the main contribution to increased customer value and to sustainable growth in that the function provider will have the re-sponsibility for the physical artifact throughout the lifecycle and also have the capacity to continuously improve customer value via innovation. The goals for the next five years are the following: A process for Functional Product Development has been established Models for simulation (and optimisation) of fleet management have been estab-lished Knowledge reuse through systems for modelling and simulation, knowledge engi-neering and searching databases has been established. Effective communication methods including team workspaces for large distance collaboration, communication tools and shared applications have been established. Methods for monitoring, analysis and visualisation supporting availability have been established.
Results and expected effects
The vision of the sustainable society forces industrial development into new ways of do-ing business. One important way forward is to provide functions rather than the product (i.e. the physical artifact) itself. This means that the product provider will be responsible for delivering the function throughout the lifecycle of the product. The product provider will then own the product and be responsible for all costs to develop, manufacture, sup-port and continuously upgrade the product. In doing so, a large risk is transferred from the customer to the function provider. A trend is for the customer to also want to buy larger solutions provided by many companies in a network, forcing companies to cooperate as early as possible in the product development phase to minimize the risks.
Approach and implementation
The primary areas of competence in the Faste Laboratory: Functional Product Development (FPD) Simulation Driven Design (SDD) Distributed Collaborative Engineering (DCE) The research is structured in work packages, (WP) WP1 - Faste Excellent Capabilities is responsible for the main work stream research where the high-level objectives of the centre are hosted and broken down into challenges and research questions suitable for the projects. WP2 - Functional Product Development is a thematic research work package with pri-mary focus on the essence of functional products and closely related areas. WP3 - Simulation Driven Design, Knowledge Sharing and Global Product Development is also a thematic research work package focusing on simulation-driven design methods, knowledge-sharing challenges when working in cross-functional teams and distributed collaborative engineering