SmartHybrid -  Product Service Systems in Production Engineering


An enlarging commoditization in industrial production technology is increasingly posing new challenges for manufacturers of production equipment. This commoditization signifies a rising indifference of the customers of production equipment in regards of the equipments producer. Countermeasures against this commoditization are improved services, increasing resource and energy efficiency of the equipment as well as a reduced environmental impact and a thorough sustainable development. Product service systems (PSSs) are one promising approach to implement these measures. These can contribute to the prolongation of product life cycles or the substitution of material products by intangible services. The focus lays on the combination of the physical plant level with a digitized service level, i.e. the integration of hardware (production machines), software (analysis algorithms and online platforms) and business models, resulting in a hybrid value creation.


On the basis of an increasing digitization and networking within the scope of “Industrie 4.0”, the projects objective is to connect industrial production plants and machines with an online platform for the purpose of data collection and analytics. On this basis, intelligent analysis algorithms can be used, which automatically recognize service requirements and optimization potentials with regard to energy and resource efficiency. The systematic recording and ecological assessment of such requirements finally allows a network of different companies and actors as providers and customers. Thus, a PSS consisting of production facilities, analysis software and a networking platform results in an open market place for a (partially) automated performance optimization of production plants with regard to their energy and resource efficiency.


The tasks within the project include: Firstly, the systematic investigation of the potential of PSSs in production management with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Secondly, the research of the environmental impact of hybrid products in production. Thirdly, the creation of a reference architecture for the digitization and networking of production with a service platform. Fourthly, the conceptualization of an Efficiency Service Cloud as an online service platform. Fifthly, the implementation and validation of the concept within the learning factory and, sixthly, the use of the implemented concept as a demonstrator of hybrid value creation and energy and resource efficiency measures as PSS.

Project Partners:

  • Institut für Betriebswirtschaft und Wirtschaftsinformatik, Abteilung Informationssysteme und Unternehmensmodellierung (ISUM), Universität Hildesheim
  • Institut für Produktentwicklung und Gerätebau (IPeG), Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • Kompetenzzentrum Elektronik und Antriebstechnik (KEA), Hochschule Osnabrück
  • Institut für Informatik, TU Clausthal
  • Fachgebiet Informationsmanagement und Wirtschaftsinformatik (IMWI), Universität Osnabrück
  • Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Fertigungstechnik (IWF), TU Braunschweig

Contact person: Johannes Wölper

Sponsor: European funds for regional development (EFRE)

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