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Dynamics of Long-Life Assets

Think differently about what you do, how you work and how you manage people, systems and processes.

“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.
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EFFRA Conference 2016

Use-It-Wisely (UIW) partners Göran Granholm (VTT) and Karin Verploegen (representing Gispen) pitched UIW at the recent EFFRA Factories of the Future (FoF) Conference, 15th and 16th September 2016, in Brussels. Read more

Use-it-Wisely's Community of Practice

Collaboration for Innovation: Use It Wisely’s Sector Connector Community

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. Read more

Ocean Shipyards

Keeping Tourism Afloat

Ocean Shipyard is a family-run business whose history can be traced back almost a hundred years. The father and grandfather of Vassilis Stratis founded Ocean and started out supplying small wooden fishing boats to fishermen in Northern Greece. Vassilis now works with his father in a state of the art shipyard just outside Athens in Greece, supplying a range of vessels, from passenger boats for the tourism industry, to boats for personal and recreational use, as well as industrial and professional uses. Read more

Thought Leader

The transition from consumption to reuse requires systematic change says Pieter Noorlander, CEO of innovative Dutch furniture manufacturers Gispen.
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ALTEC - Interstellar Advances

(Inter)Stellar Advances

Augmented collaboration behind the scenes in the space industry is improving customer experience through increased customer involvement. Use-It-Wisely space partners set out almost three years ago to develop innovative software that will allow adaptable and customisable systems for spacecraft manufacturing and upgrades. This involves direct involvement of the customer, so that the overall system is adaptable to different types of space missions. Read more

Spacecraft design

Updates from Use-It-Wisely’s Space Cluster

Our space researchers are developing a software which will allow those in the space sector to create a virtual model of a spacecraft, in terms of technical data, related simulations and 3D visualisations. This may be used by technical teams to quickly design a spacecraft according to customer needs. The aim of the research is that the collaboration tool may be used across the European space sector as a whole once it is fully developed and validated.
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Disrupting manufacturing: Innovation and the future of skilled labour

In this article published on www.brookings.edu/, the authors Daniel Araya and Christopher Sulavik, address the issues faced by manufacturers in maintaining an educated workforce in an environment of fast technological developments.  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