Transitioning to IoT enabled circular production systems and value chains (IoTCirProd)
Research Project , 2021 – 2024

The use of digital technologies, such as Internet of Things (IoT), can enable the transition to circular business models by, for example, extending product lifespan with monitoring and tracking tools and enhancing the provision of technical support. Manufacturing companies are increasing their use of digital technologies in the development of their service offerings, but manufacturing companies are still in the early stage of this transition. This forms the background to this research project consisting of university, industrial partners and a research institute. The project focuses on innovations in Operations Planning and Control (OPC) of circular flows, enabled by the IoT and new and changing business relations in the supply chains. The core of the project consists of empirical studies in relation to a number of work packages (WPs) corresponding to different phases in development towards circular production systems: ‘IoT as an enabler’ to understand the preparation phase, the type of data, quality of data that can be captured from the products. Next is focusing on how the data is used to build up new types of ‘Product-Service Systems' (PSS). Then the ‘transition into circularity’ of manufacturing companies is in focus, referring to OPC innovations and changing business relationships for how products may be re-manufactured, reused, and re-furbished. The industrial partners of the project are right now developing servicebased products and pilots for circular development are either ongoing or planned for. Altogether, this project aims to develop new knowledge and a maturity model to support companies in the manufacturing industry in Sweden in this urgent area.

Participants

Patricia van Loon (contact)

Assistant Professor at Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Carla Ferreira

Doctoral Student at Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Patrik Jonsson

Full Professor at Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Frida Lind

Professor at Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Collaborations

ESAB

Gothenburg, Sweden

Husqvarna

Stockholm, Sweden

Meridion AB

Göteborg, Sweden

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Göteborg, Sweden

Funding

VINNOVA

Funding Chalmers participation during 2021–2024

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Latest update

2021-04-21