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ANR funded project

Production durable et technologies de l'environnement (ECOTECH) 2011
Projet IDCyclUM

Design and Integration Methodology for Sustainable Innovation with Multiple Upgrade Cycles

In order to reduce the environmental problems engendered by an accelerated obsolescence of products, we claim, in this research program, the necessity of a new sort of "evolutionary" products susceptible to adapt itself gradually to the future requirements of users while improving radically the environmental performance on all life cycles: we named them Sustainable Innovations with Multiple Cycles of Upgrade. These IDCyclUM rest on upgradability services (with a new business model) enabling to enrich the features of products as well as technical constituents / processes enabling to insure the upgrade of products (remanufacturing, maintenance, management of the configuration) planned in the beginning of the design process.

These Sustainable Innovations with Multiple Cycles of Upgrade ( IDCyclUM) present earnings on the environmental plan (improvement of the product duration, reduction of the material consumption, of wastes, of the energy consumption during usage…), on the economic plan (the logic of upgradability services is source of new -and better distributed in the time- incomes for the company), on the social plan (the upgradability services are inevitably local activities, which come in replacement to the delocalized production of new products) and on the commercial plan for the company (better development of customer loyalty).

However, these Sustainable Innovations with Multiple Cycles of Upgrade ( IDCyclUM), require to raise four major obstacles: an obstacle due to the change of business model, a technical obstacle caused by the modification of the product and thus the design method, an obstacle in the determination of the upgradability parameters (number and duration of cycles and type of upgrade at each cycle) and finally, an obstacle in the improvement of the environmental performance during the succession of cycles.

To remedy these problems, a consortium of 4 recognized university partners (LISMMA / SUPMECA, GSCOP / INPG, GAEL / INRA, COSTECH / UTC) , two internationally sized industrial partners (Group SEB: European leader of the small household electrical appliance and Group Neopost: 1st european manufacturer of franking machine and second market on the world market) and one german research laboratory (IWF/ Braunschweig University) developed a research program containing 8 main tasks (WP1 to WP8, WP0 concerning the project management). The WP1, WP2 et WP3 are analysis tasks and aim at defining (WP1) barriers and control levers of the passage of a traditional business model to a business model based on several cycles, (WP2) the replacement causes of products and the type of upgrade which could be associated and (WP3) the understanding by the user of the impacts during the use phase and their reduction potential. The WP 4, WP5 and WP6 are tasks consisting in methodological development: (WP4) aims at developing generic integration strategies from the results of WP1, (WP6) aims at defining generic schemes of eco-learnings from the results of WP3, and (WP5) consists in building a design method specific to the IDCyclUM. This WP is followed by a WP 7 consisting to experiment the methodological elements with a first company (B2C products) and a second company (B2B products). This research program ends with a stage of formalization of design tools (WP8) and the results diffusion within both industrial groups .

Partners

IWF BMBF

GSCOP INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE - INPG

LISMMA INSTITUT SUPERIEUR DE MECANIQUE DE PARIS

NEOPOST Ind NEOPOST INDUSTRIE

NEOPOST Tec NEOPOST TECHNOLOGIES

ROWENTA ROWENTA France

COSTECH UNIVERSITE DE TECHNOLOGIE DE COMPIEGNE

GAEL UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE II [PIERRE MENDES-FRANCE]

ANR grant: 893 860 euros
Beginning and duration: janvier 2012 - 40 mois

 

ANR Programme: Production durable et technologies de l'environnement (ECOTECH) 2011

Project ID: ANR-11-ECOT-0001

Project coordinator:
Monsieur Dominique Millet (INSTITUT SUPERIEUR DE MECANIQUE DE PARIS)
Dominique.Millet@nullsupmeca.fr

 

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