Collaboration between previously unconnected sectors has emerged as one of the main benefits of the Use-It-Wisely project. Industrial, SME, academic and research partners have connected their thinking and ways of working to address challenges and objectives they didn’t even know they had in common. This has inspired UIW partners to think outside the box and apply tools and methods from a completely different sector to their own business, with surprising results.
Industrial and academic partners working in enhanced 3D visualisation for turbine inspection have learned from research and industrial partners in the shipping sector, while industrial space partners have adapted business models used in the office furniture sector.
These collaborations have all increased efficiencies for UIW partners simply through sharing information and collaborating outside their sectors.
This is why the UIW project has decided to harness this potential and package it in what we call the Use-It-Wisely Community of Practice (CoP). The CoP is a virtual community where experts across different sectors can share knowledge, experience, tools and practices. The CoP will open up to the wider remanufacturing and high-value product/service in the coming months in order to share UIW innovations and expand the collaboration to other sectors.
The Community of Practice (CoP) will work as a dynamic knowledge network which is built on the resources and knowledge of all of its members. In addition to a ‘member area’ to promote continuous collaboration and development, the CoP will also feature a public showroom aimed at reaching a wide audience of professionals across the continent and beyond. The CoP will be released in the coming months and we will keep you updated on its progress.
If you would like to find out more about the Community of Practice, you may email project coordinator Göran Granholm directly at: Goran.Granholm@vtt.fi