Circular economy: Getting the circulation going

This article, which was written by Barbara Kiser for, discusses the evolution of the circular economy and the current hurdles the model faces today.  Read more

Virtual Reality Brings Your Showroom Floor to the Customer’s Living Room

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are two research areas which Use-It-Wisely partners are interested in. This article by Dealer Marketing Magazine outlines how Virtual Reality has been used in the automotive industry to engage with customers. It is definitely worth reading. Read more

Göran Granholm

Note from the Use-It-Wisely Project Coordinator: It’s Showtime!

As Use-It-Wisely is in its final year, the project coordinator Göran Granholm took the time to write a short note on where he sees the project going during its final year. Find out what he had to say below.

Following over two years of intense research and development, the project is now in its final stage. It is time to bring to light the excellent outcomes of the six industrial clusters which span turbines, spacecrafts, office furniture, trucks, vessels and rock crushing machinery research. This will be achieved through a series of live demonstrations and dissemination events carried out both locally on the factory floors of different organisations across Europe, and collectively through joint dissemination events.
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3D Scanning in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage

Use-It-Wisely partner, Björn Johansson from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, was recently involved in AAAS 2016, the Global Science Engagement in Washington DC. Björn organised a meeting at the conference examining the role of 3D scanning in the preservation of cultural heritage. Read more

Use-It-Wisely demonstrations in a factory floor setting

Use-It-Wisely demonstrations in a factory floor setting

Susanna Aromaa is a Senior Scientist at VTT, the Finnish Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT is the Use-It-Wisely (UIW) coordinating partner and oversees and coordinates the work of all the UIW partners. Read more

NASA, Boeing, SpaceX share more details on Commercial Crew Plans

With a legal challenge now behind them, two companies that won NASA contracts offered more details about their plans to develop and test commercial crew vehicles, while the agency expressed optimism those vehicles will be ready for services by 2017.

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Rapid Development of Vessel Model

The focus of Cluster 5 is to decrease the lead time to modify vessels by at least 20% thanks to better information about the modification costs needed to meet new business demand. In this research Cluster, Greek partners SEAbility, Ocean and INSB have been working closely with Bern University to develop an innovative business model for those in the small boat industry. Read more

Commodities aren’t primed for a rebound during 2015: Shipping could benefit from lower prices.

In recent past, higher commodity prices were driven by an increase in demand from developing countries, which spelled good news for ship owners. As the commodity market was plagued by speculators and many relative trades, more often than not, higher prices didn’t necessarily translate to higher demand in cargos. The latest downward trend among major commodities isn’t all that bad for members of the shipping community, as they could ignite an increased demand from a series of nations. Read more

Use-It-Wisely and Space Solutions

Dr Mauro Pasquinelli is a project partner in Use-It-Wisely and he works for Thales Alenia Space – Italia (TAS-I). He is coordinating the definition and development of a novel methodology and related toolchain to support the development of highly technical products in the space domain. Read more

The Research Behind Developing a Successful Community of Practice

Alyson Langley is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham (UNOTT). Alyson spoke to us to explain her work, and her colleagues’, as members of the Use-It-Wisely (UIW) consortium.  Read more