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Results

About Use-It-Wisely

Results

Below are links to a series of information posters, one for each relevant sector/project cluster, detailing the actions and results from participation in the Use-It-Wisely project.

Cluster 01 – Turbines
Collaborative management of inspection results in power plant turbines
(Tecnatom)

Cluster 02 – Rock Crushers
Upgrading in Mining & Construction Business
(Metso / RDVelho / VTT)

Cluster 03 – Space
Space Cluster: a Solution-Oriented Quicker Collaboration Suite
(Thales Alenia Space / Altec / Vastalla)

Cluster 04 – Vehicles
Virtual Reality Evaluation of Factory Changes
(Volvo / Chalmers University)

Cluster 05 – Shipping
A holistic approach to managing small naval vessels: From business innovation to VR visualisation
(ICCS / INSB / Ocean / Seability)

Cluster 06 – Furniture
Sustainable Product Design and Reuse
(Gispen / TNO)

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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

Media

Media

Video: Use-It-Wisely Final Event – Brussels, October 2016

The following series of videos were recorded at the final Use-It-Wisely event that took place in Brussels, Belgium, on 19th October, 2016. The first video is a longer piece around the event and it is followed by a series of interviews with project partners and other stakeholders.


Erastos Filos


Göran Granholm


Bjorn Johansson


Eric Cauchi


Karin Verplogen


Riika Virkkunen


Stefano Chiado


Tommi Mannerjoki


Video: Project Partners’ Overview

In this video we meet some of the project partners who talk about their role in the project, what excites them about the project and what it is they aim to achieve over its duration.


Video: Project Overview by Göran Granholm

In this, the first video for the Use-it-wisely project, the project’s coordinator Goran Granholm gives an overview of why the project is exciting, how it is structured and what the participants aim to achieve.


Latest Updates

Publications

About Use-It-Wisely

Publications

Project Deliverables

Below are download links to the available Project Deliverables.
More will be added as they become available.


Conference Papers

Langley, A. and McDonnell, P. (2016) The Development of a Cross-Industrial Community of Practice Using Participatory Design presented at euroVR 2016 (Athens, Greece), November 2016.
The Development of a Cross-Industrial Community of Practice Using Participatory Design (PDF 342Kb)

Scientific Journals and Industry Publications

Fox, S. and Richardson, M. (2016) Is Australia ready for moveable factories? Australian Manufacturing Technology Magazine, 16(5) p.28.
http://amtil.com.au/uploads/AMT_OCTNOV2_2016/index.html#28

Fox, S. and Grösser, S. Reframing the relevance of research to practice. European Management Journal, 34(5), 457–465.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0263237316300883

Abstract
We explain that the extant framing of research relevance is skewed because it is centred upon irrelevance of much research knowledge to practitioners, while excluding or under emphasising the irrelevance of much practice knowledge to practitioners. Moreover, the current framing is skewed because the extant literature disregards the very common collaboration between researchers and practitioners. In addition, we explain that the current framing of research relevance is indistinct because theory, practice, and relevance are discussed in vague terms rather than specific terms. Furthermore, the current framing of research relevance is indistinct because there is little reference to theory knowledge. We argue that current skewed and indistinct framing obscures the complexity of relevance. As a result, overly simplistic assertions have been made about how relevance can be increased. We broaden and balance the framing of research relevance. We provide greater specificity in the explanation of factors that contribute to the complexity of relevance. We provide recommendations for addressing the complexity of relevance.

Fox, S. and Grösser, S. (2015) Economical information and communication design for multi-national projects. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 8(3), 574 – 585.
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/IJMPB-02-2015-0014

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to inform information and communication design (ICD) for multi-national projects through the presentation of an example that does not rely on expensive expertise in graphic design.
Design/methodology/approach: Action research involving participants from five different sectors.

Findings: Successful ICD is not necessarily dependent upon costly graphic design of elaborate explanatory methods such as storyboards.

Research limitations/implications: The action research involved participants from only five differect sectors.

Practical implications: Economical ICD can facilitate development of understanding among multi-sector multi-national project participants.

Originality/value: The originality of this research note is that it addresses recent developments in ICD. The value of this research note is that an example is provided of application in a multi-sector multi-national project.

Fox, S. (2015) Relevance: a framework to address preconceptions that limit perceptions of what is relevant. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 8(4), 804 – 812.
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/IJMPB-05-2015-0040

Purpose: Erroneous perceptions of relevance contribute to business projects not being successful. Although the importance of relevance is recognized in the project management literature, thus far there has not been a formal framework for addressing erroneous perceptions of relevance. The purpose of this paper is to introduce a framework for identifying and counteracting erroneous perceptions of relevance.

Design/methodology/approach: The research comprised review of the literature relating to factors that contribute to, and methods that counteract, erroneous perceptions of relevance.

Findings: Contributory factors to erroneous perceptions of relevance include cultural cognition, path dependencies, lock-ins, fads, and hype. Mediating factors include priming and questioning, counterfactual reasoning, and optimal stopping.

Research limitations/implications: A classification of erroneous perceptions of relevance is introduced Type III (inept positive) errors, Type II (false negative) errors, and Type I (false positive) errors. This terminology has the advantage of already being known to academics through statistical hypothesis testing, and to practitioners through process capability studies.

Practical implications: The introduction of a framework for identifying and counteracting erroneous perceptions of relevance can better enable practitioners to make the selection of relevant concepts and technologies for projects – a capable process.

Originality/value: The originality of this research note is that it provides a framework that can be applied to increase objectivity in perceptions of relevance. The value of this research note is that it introduces a framework for identifying and counteracting erroneous perceptions of relevance before the application of methods such as cost-benefit analysis.

Fox, S. and Grösser, S. (in press) Reframing the relevance of research to practice. European Management Journal,
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0263237316300883

Abstract
We explain that the extant framing of research relevance is skewed because it is centred upon irrelevance of much research knowledge to practitioners, while excluding or under emphasising the irrelevance of much practice knowledge to practitioners. Moreover, the current framing is skewed because the extant literature disregards the very common collaboration between researchers and practitioners. In addition, we explain that the current framing of research relevance is indistinct because theory, practice, and relevance are discussed in vague terms rather than specific terms. Furthermore, the current framing of research relevance is indistinct because there is little reference to theory knowledge. We argue that current skewed and indistinct framing obscures the complexity of relevance. As a result, overly simplistic assertions have been made about how relevance can be increased. We broaden and balance the framing of research relevance. We provide greater specificity in the explanation of factors that contribute to the complexity of relevance. We provide recommendations for addressing the complexity of relevance.

Aromaa, S. and Väänänen, K. (2016) Suitability of virtual prototypes to support human factors/ergonomics evaluation during the design Applied Ergonomics, 56, 11-18.
researchgate.net/publication/298796892_Suitability_of_virtual_prototypes_to_support_human_factorsergonomics_evaluation_during_the_design

Grösser, S. and Jovy, N. (2016) Business model analysis using computational modelling: a strategy tool for exploration and decision-making Journal of Management Control Journal of Management Control, 27(1), 61-88.
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00187-015-0222-1

Lindskog, E., Berglund, J. and Vallhagen, J. (2016) On The Trade-off between Data Density and Data Capture Duration in 3D Laser Scanning for Production System Engineering Procedia CIRP, 41, 697-701.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212827116000366

Lindskog, E., Vallhagen, J., Berglund, J. and Johansson, B. (2016) Improving Lean Design of Production Systems by Visualization Support Procedia CIRP, 41, 602-607.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212827116000159

Lindskog, E., Berglund, J., Vallhagen, J. and Johansson, B. (2014) Lean Based Problem Solving using 3D Laser Scanned Visualizations of Production Systems International Journal of Engineering Science and Innovative Technology (IJESIT), 3(3), 556-563.
http://www.ijesit.com/Volume 3/Issue 3/IJESIT201403_69.pdf

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Thought Leader

The transition from consumption to reuse requires systematic change says Pieter Noorlander, CEO of innovative Dutch furniture manufacturers Gispen.
Read more

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

Project Partners

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Project Partners

20

Partners

10

Sectors

9

Countries

6

Clusters

1

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Volvo

Industry Partner – Vehicle Manufacturing and Engineering

Sweden

AB Volvo
SE-405 08 Gothenburg,
Sweden.

Tel (Switch): +46 31 660000
Tel (Reception): +46 31 665170
Email: groupinfo@volvo.com
Web: www.volvogroup.com

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and drive systems for marine and industrial applications. Success is largely due to the company’s ability to continuously develop new innovative solutions that assist customers in their operations and that increase safety and reduce the environmental impact.

Most of the Group’s technical developments take place in Volvo Group Trucks Technology. All research, engine development and most of the purchasing for the entire Volvo Group are located here and this is where the Group’s trucks are developed.

Volvo Group Trucks Technology has approximately 10,000 employees, mostly engineers. They work in global teams with offices, workshops and laboratories in many countries worldwide.

All Project Partners

Latest Updates

Vastalla

Vastalla

Industry Partner – IT and Software Engineering

Italy

Vastalla S.r.l.
Corso Giulio Cesare 338/26,
I-10154 Torino,
Italy.

Tel: +39 011 7950435
Fax: +39 011 19837330
Email: info@vastalla.com
Web: www.vastalla.com

Vastalla is an ISO 9001:2008 certified engineering and ICT company that offers IT consulting services, software engineering and system integration activities to help its Clients to solve problems in the following areas:

  • product development and engineering;
  • management and optimisation of processes.

Vastalla has strong competencies that allow it to offer Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and Infomobility dedicated solutions.

Furthermore Vastalla conducts Research & Development activities, also on behalf of thirds, aimed to the development of systems, subsystems and components in ICT, telecommunications, mechatronics and transports in space, aeronautical, terrestrial and naval domains.

Vastalla privileges a long term perspective and proposes itself as a reliable partner for its Clients and its suppliers. Vastalla strongly believes in building long term relationships with its Clients and with its own qualified suppliers.

Vastalla believes that to respond challenges coming from a global and very competitive market it is necessary to offer authentic value to its Clients. Part of this value offered to its Clients resides, other that in the competencies of its human resources, also in the R&D investments that Vastalla does on a regular basis. These investments aim to deepen further the internal competencies in Vastalla, to develop a patent pool and to increase the company’s intangibles.

All Project Partners

Latest Updates

Thales Alenia Space

Industry Partner – Space Technologies

Italy

Thales Alenia Space
Strada Antica di Collegno 253,
10146 Torino,
Italy.

Tel: 39 06 415 14 24 24
Web: www.thalesgroup.com/en/thales-alenia-space

Thales Alenia Space is a joint subsidiary of Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%), and a partner in the Space Alliance along with Telespazio. The company has 7,500 employees in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany and United States, and posted total revenues of 2.1 billion euros in 2011.

Thales Alenia Space has more than 40 years of experience in the design, integration, testing, operation and commissioning of innovative space systems. Featuring cutting-edge technologies, these systems meet the needs of commercial, government, scientific, defense and security customers from around the world.

The satellites and payloads designed by Thales Alenia Space set the global standard for space systems that provide communications and navigation services, monitor our environment and the oceans, help us better understand climate change and drive scientific progress. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of communications satellites, platforms and payloads, which account for 50% of its business, offering a complete range of solutions, from high-performance components to turnkey systems.

Thales Alenia Space has been the prime contractor for European weather satellites for more than three decades. The company is also a strategic supplier of military satellite communications systems in Europe, as prime contractor for three generations of the Syracuse system in France and two generations of its Italian counterpart Sicral, and space segment prime for the German system Satcom BW.

Always a pivotal partner in Europe’s missions to explore our Solar System, Thales Alenia Space has integrated orbiters, produced sub-surface radars and, above all, the company designed the Huygens probe – a world first, which explored the atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Thales Alenia Space is also prime contractor for ExoMars, ESA’s most ambitious Mars mission, and for Herschel and Planck, the largest space observatories ever built in Europe. In addition, we developed Corot, the French “exoplanet” hunter, and we are working on the Alma radiotelescope array in Chile.

Advanced electronics from Thales Alenia Space represents about half of the avionics used on the Ariane 5 launcher. In addition, the company is the only European subcontractor on the Russian Soyuz launchers now being operated from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, as supplier of the European safety kit.

Thales Alenia Space is also a leading supplier to the International Space Station and is a pivotal player in space systems designed to explore the Universe.

All Project Partners

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Pages

Results

About Use-It-Wisely

Results

Below are links to a series of information posters, one for each relevant sector/project cluster, detailing the actions and results from participation in the Use-It-Wisely project.

Cluster 01 – Turbines
Collaborative management of inspection results in power plant turbines
(Tecnatom)

Cluster 02 – Rock Crushers
Upgrading in Mining & Construction Business
(Metso / RDVelho / VTT)

Cluster 03 – Space
Space Cluster: a Solution-Oriented Quicker Collaboration Suite
(Thales Alenia Space / Altec / Vastalla)

Cluster 04 – Vehicles
Virtual Reality Evaluation of Factory Changes
(Volvo / Chalmers University)

Cluster 05 – Shipping
A holistic approach to managing small naval vessels: From business innovation to VR visualisation
(ICCS / INSB / Ocean / Seability)

Cluster 06 – Furniture
Sustainable Product Design and Reuse
(Gispen / TNO)

Latest Updates

Media

Media

Video: Use-It-Wisely Final Event – Brussels, October 2016

The following series of videos were recorded at the final Use-It-Wisely event that took place in Brussels, Belgium, on 19th October, 2016. The first video is a longer piece around the event and it is followed by a series of interviews with project partners and other stakeholders.


Erastos Filos


Göran Granholm


Bjorn Johansson


Eric Cauchi


Karin Verplogen


Riika Virkkunen


Stefano Chiado


Tommi Mannerjoki


Video: Project Partners’ Overview

In this video we meet some of the project partners who talk about their role in the project, what excites them about the project and what it is they aim to achieve over its duration.


Video: Project Overview by Göran Granholm

In this, the first video for the Use-it-wisely project, the project’s coordinator Goran Granholm gives an overview of why the project is exciting, how it is structured and what the participants aim to achieve.


Latest Updates

Publications

About Use-It-Wisely

Publications

Project Deliverables

Below are download links to the available Project Deliverables.
More will be added as they become available.


Conference Papers

Langley, A. and McDonnell, P. (2016) The Development of a Cross-Industrial Community of Practice Using Participatory Design presented at euroVR 2016 (Athens, Greece), November 2016.
The Development of a Cross-Industrial Community of Practice Using Participatory Design (PDF 342Kb)

Scientific Journals and Industry Publications

Fox, S. and Richardson, M. (2016) Is Australia ready for moveable factories? Australian Manufacturing Technology Magazine, 16(5) p.28.
http://amtil.com.au/uploads/AMT_OCTNOV2_2016/index.html#28

Fox, S. and Grösser, S. Reframing the relevance of research to practice. European Management Journal, 34(5), 457–465.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0263237316300883

Abstract
We explain that the extant framing of research relevance is skewed because it is centred upon irrelevance of much research knowledge to practitioners, while excluding or under emphasising the irrelevance of much practice knowledge to practitioners. Moreover, the current framing is skewed because the extant literature disregards the very common collaboration between researchers and practitioners. In addition, we explain that the current framing of research relevance is indistinct because theory, practice, and relevance are discussed in vague terms rather than specific terms. Furthermore, the current framing of research relevance is indistinct because there is little reference to theory knowledge. We argue that current skewed and indistinct framing obscures the complexity of relevance. As a result, overly simplistic assertions have been made about how relevance can be increased. We broaden and balance the framing of research relevance. We provide greater specificity in the explanation of factors that contribute to the complexity of relevance. We provide recommendations for addressing the complexity of relevance.

Fox, S. and Grösser, S. (2015) Economical information and communication design for multi-national projects. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 8(3), 574 – 585.
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/IJMPB-02-2015-0014

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to inform information and communication design (ICD) for multi-national projects through the presentation of an example that does not rely on expensive expertise in graphic design.
Design/methodology/approach: Action research involving participants from five different sectors.

Findings: Successful ICD is not necessarily dependent upon costly graphic design of elaborate explanatory methods such as storyboards.

Research limitations/implications: The action research involved participants from only five differect sectors.

Practical implications: Economical ICD can facilitate development of understanding among multi-sector multi-national project participants.

Originality/value: The originality of this research note is that it addresses recent developments in ICD. The value of this research note is that an example is provided of application in a multi-sector multi-national project.

Fox, S. (2015) Relevance: a framework to address preconceptions that limit perceptions of what is relevant. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 8(4), 804 – 812.
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/IJMPB-05-2015-0040

Purpose: Erroneous perceptions of relevance contribute to business projects not being successful. Although the importance of relevance is recognized in the project management literature, thus far there has not been a formal framework for addressing erroneous perceptions of relevance. The purpose of this paper is to introduce a framework for identifying and counteracting erroneous perceptions of relevance.

Design/methodology/approach: The research comprised review of the literature relating to factors that contribute to, and methods that counteract, erroneous perceptions of relevance.

Findings: Contributory factors to erroneous perceptions of relevance include cultural cognition, path dependencies, lock-ins, fads, and hype. Mediating factors include priming and questioning, counterfactual reasoning, and optimal stopping.

Research limitations/implications: A classification of erroneous perceptions of relevance is introduced Type III (inept positive) errors, Type II (false negative) errors, and Type I (false positive) errors. This terminology has the advantage of already being known to academics through statistical hypothesis testing, and to practitioners through process capability studies.

Practical implications: The introduction of a framework for identifying and counteracting erroneous perceptions of relevance can better enable practitioners to make the selection of relevant concepts and technologies for projects – a capable process.

Originality/value: The originality of this research note is that it provides a framework that can be applied to increase objectivity in perceptions of relevance. The value of this research note is that it introduces a framework for identifying and counteracting erroneous perceptions of relevance before the application of methods such as cost-benefit analysis.

Fox, S. and Grösser, S. (in press) Reframing the relevance of research to practice. European Management Journal,
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0263237316300883

Abstract
We explain that the extant framing of research relevance is skewed because it is centred upon irrelevance of much research knowledge to practitioners, while excluding or under emphasising the irrelevance of much practice knowledge to practitioners. Moreover, the current framing is skewed because the extant literature disregards the very common collaboration between researchers and practitioners. In addition, we explain that the current framing of research relevance is indistinct because theory, practice, and relevance are discussed in vague terms rather than specific terms. Furthermore, the current framing of research relevance is indistinct because there is little reference to theory knowledge. We argue that current skewed and indistinct framing obscures the complexity of relevance. As a result, overly simplistic assertions have been made about how relevance can be increased. We broaden and balance the framing of research relevance. We provide greater specificity in the explanation of factors that contribute to the complexity of relevance. We provide recommendations for addressing the complexity of relevance.

Aromaa, S. and Väänänen, K. (2016) Suitability of virtual prototypes to support human factors/ergonomics evaluation during the design Applied Ergonomics, 56, 11-18.
researchgate.net/publication/298796892_Suitability_of_virtual_prototypes_to_support_human_factorsergonomics_evaluation_during_the_design

Grösser, S. and Jovy, N. (2016) Business model analysis using computational modelling: a strategy tool for exploration and decision-making Journal of Management Control Journal of Management Control, 27(1), 61-88.
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00187-015-0222-1

Lindskog, E., Berglund, J. and Vallhagen, J. (2016) On The Trade-off between Data Density and Data Capture Duration in 3D Laser Scanning for Production System Engineering Procedia CIRP, 41, 697-701.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212827116000366

Lindskog, E., Vallhagen, J., Berglund, J. and Johansson, B. (2016) Improving Lean Design of Production Systems by Visualization Support Procedia CIRP, 41, 602-607.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212827116000159

Lindskog, E., Berglund, J., Vallhagen, J. and Johansson, B. (2014) Lean Based Problem Solving using 3D Laser Scanned Visualizations of Production Systems International Journal of Engineering Science and Innovative Technology (IJESIT), 3(3), 556-563.
http://www.ijesit.com/Volume 3/Issue 3/IJESIT201403_69.pdf

Latest Updates

Project Partners

About Use-It-Wisely

Project Partners

20

Partners

10

Sectors

9

Countries

6

Clusters

1

Vision

All Project Partners

Latest Updates

Volvo

Industry Partner – Vehicle Manufacturing and Engineering

Sweden

AB Volvo
SE-405 08 Gothenburg,
Sweden.

Tel (Switch): +46 31 660000
Tel (Reception): +46 31 665170
Email: groupinfo@volvo.com
Web: www.volvogroup.com

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and drive systems for marine and industrial applications. Success is largely due to the company’s ability to continuously develop new innovative solutions that assist customers in their operations and that increase safety and reduce the environmental impact.

Most of the Group’s technical developments take place in Volvo Group Trucks Technology. All research, engine development and most of the purchasing for the entire Volvo Group are located here and this is where the Group’s trucks are developed.

Volvo Group Trucks Technology has approximately 10,000 employees, mostly engineers. They work in global teams with offices, workshops and laboratories in many countries worldwide.

All Project Partners

Latest Updates

Vastalla

Vastalla

Industry Partner – IT and Software Engineering

Italy

Vastalla S.r.l.
Corso Giulio Cesare 338/26,
I-10154 Torino,
Italy.

Tel: +39 011 7950435
Fax: +39 011 19837330
Email: info@vastalla.com
Web: www.vastalla.com

Vastalla is an ISO 9001:2008 certified engineering and ICT company that offers IT consulting services, software engineering and system integration activities to help its Clients to solve problems in the following areas:

  • product development and engineering;
  • management and optimisation of processes.

Vastalla has strong competencies that allow it to offer Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and Infomobility dedicated solutions.

Furthermore Vastalla conducts Research & Development activities, also on behalf of thirds, aimed to the development of systems, subsystems and components in ICT, telecommunications, mechatronics and transports in space, aeronautical, terrestrial and naval domains.

Vastalla privileges a long term perspective and proposes itself as a reliable partner for its Clients and its suppliers. Vastalla strongly believes in building long term relationships with its Clients and with its own qualified suppliers.

Vastalla believes that to respond challenges coming from a global and very competitive market it is necessary to offer authentic value to its Clients. Part of this value offered to its Clients resides, other that in the competencies of its human resources, also in the R&D investments that Vastalla does on a regular basis. These investments aim to deepen further the internal competencies in Vastalla, to develop a patent pool and to increase the company’s intangibles.

All Project Partners

Latest Updates

Thales Alenia Space

Industry Partner – Space Technologies

Italy

Thales Alenia Space
Strada Antica di Collegno 253,
10146 Torino,
Italy.

Tel: 39 06 415 14 24 24
Web: www.thalesgroup.com/en/thales-alenia-space

Thales Alenia Space is a joint subsidiary of Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%), and a partner in the Space Alliance along with Telespazio. The company has 7,500 employees in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany and United States, and posted total revenues of 2.1 billion euros in 2011.

Thales Alenia Space has more than 40 years of experience in the design, integration, testing, operation and commissioning of innovative space systems. Featuring cutting-edge technologies, these systems meet the needs of commercial, government, scientific, defense and security customers from around the world.

The satellites and payloads designed by Thales Alenia Space set the global standard for space systems that provide communications and navigation services, monitor our environment and the oceans, help us better understand climate change and drive scientific progress. The company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of communications satellites, platforms and payloads, which account for 50% of its business, offering a complete range of solutions, from high-performance components to turnkey systems.

Thales Alenia Space has been the prime contractor for European weather satellites for more than three decades. The company is also a strategic supplier of military satellite communications systems in Europe, as prime contractor for three generations of the Syracuse system in France and two generations of its Italian counterpart Sicral, and space segment prime for the German system Satcom BW.

Always a pivotal partner in Europe’s missions to explore our Solar System, Thales Alenia Space has integrated orbiters, produced sub-surface radars and, above all, the company designed the Huygens probe – a world first, which explored the atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Thales Alenia Space is also prime contractor for ExoMars, ESA’s most ambitious Mars mission, and for Herschel and Planck, the largest space observatories ever built in Europe. In addition, we developed Corot, the French “exoplanet” hunter, and we are working on the Alma radiotelescope array in Chile.

Advanced electronics from Thales Alenia Space represents about half of the avionics used on the Ariane 5 launcher. In addition, the company is the only European subcontractor on the Russian Soyuz launchers now being operated from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, as supplier of the European safety kit.

Thales Alenia Space is also a leading supplier to the International Space Station and is a pivotal player in space systems designed to explore the Universe.

All Project Partners

Latest Updates

Tecnatom

Industry Partner – Nuclear Energy

Spain

Tecnatom
Avda. Montes de Oca, 1
28703 San Sebastian de los Reyes,
Madrid,
Spain.

C.I.F. A-28074078 / V.A.T. ES A-28074078

Tel: (+34.91) 659 8600
Fax: (+34.91) 659 8677
Web: www.tecnatom.es

Tecnatom is an engineering company based in Madrid, Spain, that has provided services to the nuclear industry since its creation in 1957. The company’s main activity centres on the rendering of inspection and component structural integrity services, the training of operations personnel by means of full-scope simulators and engineering in support of plant operation.

The owners of Tecnatom are the Spanish electricity utilities with interest in the country’s nuclear power plants and the company currently has more than 750 employees, approximately 50% of which are post-graduates, this being explained by the complex technologies associated with the service that it provides.

During the last decade, Tecnatom has diversified its services and products on the international market, taking them to other industrial sectors such as aeronautics, the petrochemical sector, etc.

The company supplies services and products with a high technological component, which it improves continuously in order to adapt to the needs and requirements of the clients and markets. To achieve this improvement, the company has implemented a Technological Innovation Plan, which implies the heavy investments necessary to maintain technological leadership on the national and international markets.

Having developed in-house products means that the latter may be supplied to others, thus initiating a diversification of the company’s activities and taking it from being a supplier of services to also being a supplier of products. Consequently, diversification is almost an obligation, not only in order to increase the economic activity of the company but also to address and undertake technological innovations that would not be profitable if used only for the services that Tecnatom provides to the nuclear sector.

All Project Partners

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SEAbility

Industry Partner – Shipping and Logistics

Greece

SEAbility
1, Klisovis st. / PO Box 80528,
GR-18510 Piraeus,
Greece.

Tel: (+30) 210 4281870
Fax: (+30) 210 4280130
Email: SEA@SEAbility.eu
Web: www.seability.eu

Drawing on a family tradition in the field of shipping agencies spanning more than 100 years (from 1910), SEAbility Ltd. is active in the fields of shipping agencies, intermodal transport (road, air, sea) and logistics.

At the same time the company is an ICT and technology provider offering SoA solutions and consultancy services on all areas of transportation and not only as it is working also in areas covering environmental issues, smart cities and especially its pillars related with transport and energy and safety and security applications. SEAbility is also active in the area of custom ICT solutions and software tools that supports the day to day operation of transport services and infrastructure.

The Company’s philosophy of uncompromising quality drives the creation and provision of services that not only meet the needs of its customers and partners, but exceed their expectations. Recognising that success is not a birthright, the Company maintains the values that led it to its current position and has adopted a people centric, technology based and modern management approach to drive the continuation of its growth.

SEAbility has an established presence in three countries with offices in Greece (Athens and Thessaloniki), in Cyprus (Limassol) and in Bulgaria (Varna and Sofia).

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RD Velho

Industry Partner – Engineering and Design

Finland

RD Velho
Myyrmäentie 2A,
01600 Vantaa,
Finland.

Tel: (+358.10) 821 4800
Fax: 0030 210 6021556
Email: sales@rdvelho.com
Web: www.rdvelho.com/en/

RD Velho Ltd is a strongly growing engineering office who has concentrated on producing product development services for electrical and electro-mechanical devices. Our core competence can be found in the mechanical engineering, industrial design and industrial package design.

We design, manage or implement the external tasks of your core operations effectively and flexibly. The task of our operations models is to find the saving points, provide new viewpoints, save time and thus increases the profitability.

Referring to our experience of many years in product development projects, production and customer service tasks, we dare to say that we are ”the wizards of our business”.

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