“Dynamics of Long Life Assets – From Technology Adaptation to Upgrading the Business Model”, a book published from the experiences and insights gained from the Use-It-Wisely project, is now available for download and purchase.
This book is about adapting to change, how things are connected, how time and resources matter and how they change when you see them differently. It’s about technology. It’s about creative thinking, innovation and change. Change that is needed and essential. It’s a book to dip into. It’s a book to read. It is for workers, managers, directors, teachers and trainers, policy influencers and makers.
This is a book that should be read by those working in industry and services, big and small, and by policy makers. It should be read by those who believe they can make a difference. This is a book packed with the experiences of people who did exactly that. Across manufacturing, utilities and services they came together in an EU funded Project called Use it Wisely (UIW). For three years they worked to make a difference and they did. You can read their story in their words.
They worked in six separate but connected clusters developing tools and models they applied – service inspection of turbines, modular upgrades of mobile rock crushers, space applications engineering, truck production systems, marine vessel data management, and office furniture supporting a radical, circular economy approach. Don’t be put off by the scale or the variety of capital intensive assets and systems! Dr Erastos Filos, the EU official responsible for the project says in the foreword “The project’s diversity has proved to be its particular strength: interacting with seemingly unrelated fields of industry has contributed to an unprecedented transfer of knowledge, experience and technological know-how amongst the involved researchers and industrial practitioners, providing fertile ground for new ideas and solutions.”.
Why should you read it? It will make you think differently about what you do, how you work and how you manage people, systems and processes. You will have many ‘light bulb’ moments, insights and creative thoughts. You will understand the difference it makes when you see the design and making of furniture from a life cycle perspective rather than a disposable item after a finite life. The difference to the customer. The difference to the environment. The difference to your business model. This is the circular economy at work. And that is just one example.
Download or purchase
“Dynamics of Long Life Assets” (Editors: Grösser, Stefan, Reyes-Lecuona, Arcadio, Granholm, Göran) may be downloaded or purchased from the Springer web site at http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319454375