CIRP-Working Group Industrial Product-Service Systems
Report about the fifth meeting of the IPS² working group during the CIRP August Meetings
Report about the second Spring School on IPS² in Cranfield 2009
Report about the fourth meeting of the IPS² working group during the CIRP January Meetings
Report about the third meeting of the IPS² working group during the CIRP General Assembly
Report about the first Spring School on IPS² in Bochum
Report about the second meeting of the IPS² working group during the CIRP January Meetings
Report about the first meeting of the IPS² working group
About the IPS² Working Group
The International Academy for Production Engineering was named according to the French name “College International pour la Recherche en Productique (CIRP)". It is a community of 550 members from 41 countries with a strict limitation of membership. Therefore the CIRP represents one of the networks worldwide at the forefront of research in production sciences. CIRP is organized along the lines of twelve Scientific Technical Committees (STCs) and several Working Groups (WGs), covering many areas.
To be accepted by the academy with a new topic, interest and approval by the Liasson Committees of the CIRP is required. To prepare the application for admission interested scientists from Japan, France, Italy, Great Britain, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands arranged a first meeting in December 2006 (photo). Already during the constitutive meeting abstracts of the particular research projects of the scientists regarding the integration of product and service shares were presented. This clearly demonstrates the worldwide interest and the need of research on this topic.
Participants of the preparation meeting from left to right:
Prof. Jan C. Aurich, Prof. Giovanni Moroni, Prof. Mario Rese, Prof. Daniel Brissaud, Prof. Horst Meier, Prof. Tetsuo Tomiyama, Prof. Rajkumar Roy, Prof. Wilfried Sihn represented by Dipl.-Ing. Armin Rosteck, Prof. Frank-Lothar Krause represented by Dipl.-Ing. Uwe Rothenburg, Prof. Shozo Takata, Prof. Günther Seliger
The Liasson Committees appreciated the application and asked to establish a working group on IPS². The IPS² working group is hosted by the STCA (assembly) and supported by the STCO (organization) and STCDn (Design). Prof. Horst Meier is the chairman and Prof. Rajkumar Roy the technical secretary of the IPS² working group.
The activities of the CIRP working group during the next three years include regularly meetings with the working group members to exchange experiences as well as organisation and realization of a yearly conference and the preparation of a keynote paper for the General Assembly 2011 of the CIRP in Boston, that will represent the international state of the art in the range of Industrial Product-Service Systems.
What is an Industrial Product-Service System?
IPS² is a new product understanding consisting of integrated product and service shares. In its basic composure Industrial Product-Service Systems consist of individual tangible and intangible Product- Modules (TP/IP). The next level consists of integrated Product-Service Modules which are mutually determinant throughout the whole life-cycle. The integration of these two levels of IPS² leads to the new Industrial Product-Service System. IPS² comprise the integrated and mutually determined planning, development, provision and use including the option of partial substitution of products and services over the lifecycle. This integrated understanding leads to new, customer adjusted solutions. IPS² enable innovative function-, availability- or result-oriented business models.
The global footprint forces research and industry to activities on sustainability. IPS² could have a positive influence on the sustainability issues as the altered market environment causes new customer demands. The sustainability contribution of IPS² is based on four different types of motivation: There is just low profit by selling machines, but more profit by delivering service (economic motivation). The equal focus on product and service development enables innovation (technical motivation). Integration of product and service engineering enables high wage countries to protect and build up employment; besides countries with low technical qualification raise their performance (social motivation). Finally IPS² lead to reduction of resource consumption (ecological motivation).