IDCyclUM, innovations for a consumer society that respect the environment

IDCyclUM, sustainable innovations with multiple cycles of upgrade, “evolving” products to reduce environmental problems caused by faster obsolescence of objects

In order to reduce the environmental problems engendered by an accelerated obsolescence of products, this research program claims the necessity of a new sort of "evolutionary" products susceptible to adapt itself gradually to the future requirements of users while improving radically the environmental performance on all life cycles: the Innovations with Multiple Cycles of Upgrade. These IDCyclUM rest on upgradability services (with a new business model) enabling to enrich the features of products as well as technical constituents / processes enabling to insure the upgrade of products (remanufacturing, maintenance, management of the configuration) planned in the beginning of the design process.

These Sustainable Innovations with Multiple Cycles of Upgrade ( IDCyclUM), require to raise four major obstacles: an obstacle due to the change of business model, a technical obstacle caused by the modification of the product and thus the design method, an obstacle in the determination of the upgradability parameters (number and duration of cycles and type of upgrade at each cycle) and finally, an obstacle in the improvement of the environmental performance during the succession of cycles.

Multidisciplinary approach, on two experimental fields, to obtain an operable design method of IDCyclUM

The purpose of this research program is to validate the relevance of the concept of IDCyclUM, firstly in demonstrating its technical feasibility (design method), and secondly in revealing its economic viability (through the formalization of new business models based on multiple upgrade cycles) and finally in confirming its contribution to a move towards sustainable development (environmental and social benefits in terms of local jobs created). This demonstration requires both the support of several disciplines (economics, social, industrial engineering, eco-design) and both the mobilization of several experimental fields (B2B and B2C) that we have gathered under this research program. In addition, in order to the demonstration will be robust, we have extended the scope of collection of certain data and the experimental part internationally.

These IDCyclUM present earnings on the environmental plan (improvement of the product duration, reduction of the material consumption, of wastes, of the energy consumption during usage…), on the economic plan (the logic of upgradability services is source of new -and better distributed in the time- incomes for the company), on the social plan (the upgradability services are inevitably local activities, which come in replacement to the delocalized production of new products) and on the commercial plan for the company (better development of customer loyalty).


The IDCyclUM project is an exploratory industrial research project coordinated by Prof. Millet (LISMMA). It also combines the laboratories G-SCOP, COSTECH, GAEL, IWF and Industrial companies ROWENTA and NEOPOST.

  • Université de Technologie de Compiègne, COSTECH
  • Laboratoire des Sciences pour la Conception, l'Optimisation et la Production de Grenoble, GSCOP
  • Laboratoire d'Economie Appliquée de Grenoble, GAEL
  • Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Fertigungstechnik
  • SUPMECA, Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Systèmes Mécaniques et des Matériaux (LISMMA)
  • NEOPOST Industrie SA
  • NEOPOST Technologies SA
  • ROWENTA France/Groupe SEB

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Project: ANR (French National Research Agency)

IWF: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

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