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International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management (IJPLM)

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International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management (5 papers in press)

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  • Evaluating the smart maturity of manufacturing companies along the product development process to set a PLM project roadmap   Order a copy of this article
    by Claudio Sassanelli, Monica Rossi, Sergio Terzi 
    Abstract: Nowadays, manufacturing industries are compelled to go down the river of Industry 4.0 to either become or remain competitive on the market. In this context, digital technologies represent the most important means for manufacturers to drive their transformation. However, investing in this kind of technologies could be not enough to move effectively to in an effective way: manufacturers need to assess which is their actual digital status quo and at the same time to evaluate how they support their product development process. In this context, the importance of lean thinking, leading under a continuous improvement and value focused perspective how the process of product development is organized and managed throughout the functions involved, is paramount and strategic. So far, different methods and maturity models have been proposed in literature to help practitioners to evaluate the readiness and maturity of either their smart level or their design and engineering process. Nevertheless, a coalescence of these tools still needs to be employed to fully and systematically evaluate a company under the twofold level of digital and lean maturity, with the aim to set and adequately ground a PLM project roadmap. Three application cases have been conducted to develop and validate the methodology proposed to fill this gap.
    Keywords: Industry 4.0; assessment method; readiness model; maturity model; Lean Thinking; development process; waste; PLM; case study; DREAMY; CLIMB; MyWaste.

  • Product-level profitability analysis and decision-making: Opportunities of IT application-based approach   Order a copy of this article
    by Joni Koskinen, Erno Mustonen, Janne Harkonen, Harri Haapasalo 
    Abstract: Product Portfolio Management (PPM) is vital for companies to succeed. It aims to constitute a profitable entity for company products in the long term. The extant literature on PPM is, however, lacking in IT application-based discussion, which links to the potential of IT system independent analysis and reporting. One potential application is producing accurate product-level profitability calculations. This study aims to conceptualise application-based PPM analysis and identify the related data needs. Additionally, the opportunities and risks related to the implementation of the concept are studied. The study combines a literature review with qualitative company analyses. The results aid in understanding application-based PPM analysis and clarify the related opportunities for its use. Our research appears to indicate that application-based PPM analysis has the potential to improve product portfolio-related decision-making while reducing the manual work needed for profitability reporting.
    Keywords: product portfolio management; data-driven management; application-based PPM; fact-based analysis; digitalisation; performance management; product lifecycle management.

  • Octree based Voxel Model for representation of Spatial conflicts detected using domain mapping matrix across multiple design domains   Order a copy of this article
    by Arun Singh, B. Gurumoorthy, Latha Christie 
    Abstract: This paper discusses use of Domain Mapping Matrix (DMM) to detect spatial conflicts across multiple design domains and use of octree based voxel model for representation of these spatial conflicts. A framework has been developed to create octree based voxel model linked with intended empty spaces in product, which are associated with design requirements, product lifecycle states and with connected design domains. Knowledge in System Modelling Language (SysML), is used to select criteria for building octree voxel model. Two case studies of Coupled cavity travelling wave tube (CCTWT) Slow Wave structure (SWS) design and high power RF Window design, have been taken to showcase the code capabilities. Octree voxels inside CAD platform, show and represent spatial conflicts, detected by associativity modelling of Empty space blocks inside CAD along with the Product knowledge in SysML model.
    Keywords: octree; voxel model; collaborative design; spatial conflicts; DMM.

  • Enabling the Digital Twin: a review of the modelling of measurement uncertainty on data transfer standards and its relationship with data from tests   Order a copy of this article
    by Jose Rios, Georg Staudter, Moritz Weber, Reiner Anderl 
    Abstract: Along the product lifecycle, data obtained in the physical domain are incorporated into the digital one to create models, which constitute a digital twin of a physical object. The acquisition of data from the physical domain involves the measurement of physical magnitudes. Making explicit the uncertainty of the data transferred from the physical domain is relevant to achieve the objectives of reducing uncertainty and improving predictions. The realization of the digital twin requires implementing an interoperable data driven architecture between the physical and the digital domains. Data transfer standards are a fundamental part of that architecture. This work provides a review of the measurement uncertainty definition and specification, illustrates the data transfer in the context of the digital twin of a test rig, and discusses how uncertainty is modelled and represented in data transfer standards.
    Keywords: Uncertainty representation; measurement uncertainty specification; digital twin; virtual test rig; data transfer standards.

  • Developing Innovative E-Mobility Solutions Photovoltaic Carports as Product Service Systems   Order a copy of this article
    by Lucas Hüer, Oliver Thomas, Hans-Jürgen Pfisterer 
    Abstract: Providing consumers with photovoltaic carports can be a promising and feasible way of combining private charging stations with decentralised renewable energy sources, thereby promoting electric mobility. However, the high level of technology and the connectivity of all parts of the system require a range of accessible services. Therefore, the production and sale of photovoltaic carports as product service systems is considered a promising business model. To support companies that plan to offer photovoltaic carports and additional services as holistic systems, this article analyses the whole lifecycle of such a product service system by combining research results from existing scientific literature with recent market trends that were obtained through a secondary desk research. The results serve as a foundation for creating new business models when producing and selling photovoltaic carports.
    Keywords: Product Service System; PSS Lifecycle Management; Photovoltaic Carport; Electric Mobility; Charging Infrastructure; Energy Creation; Energy Storage; Carport Design.