Collaborative Research Projects


Use-it-wisely is a European Union research project, funded under the FP7 framework, which will run from 2013 to 2016. The project draws on the world class knowledge of twenty partners from all over Europe, who are all leaders in their respective fields including: energy, machinery, space, office workspace, vehicles, ship building, furniture, academia, research, dissemination and exploitation.

The project is focused on the end-user. It will enable European manufacturers to produce products and services capable of adapting to rapidly changing markets, the changing business environment, and customer goals by demonstrating the state of the art business model and platform, which enables life-long adaptation of high investment product-service. The adaptation is accomplished by a purposeful and demand-led sequence of innovative continuous product-service upgrades. The project will go through vital steps to ensure a successful outcome. These include: platform development, the design of prototypes, testing of prototypes, demonstration and execution, and key communications and exploitation tasks. 

The Use-it-wisely approach will result in a scientific breakthrough by creating and validating a holistic systems engineering structure that combines human-machine systems, product lifecycle management, business and organisational dynamics and lifecycle assessment.

The Use-it-wisely approach is unique as its application dimension is made up of six Clusters combining research institutions and industries. Clustering is as advantage as it exploits the existing strong links between the research organisations and industry, allowing for a more productive project and in turn, greater benefits for the end user. 

1) Product scope: high investment, durable, long service life, one of a kind or highly customised products 
(the longer the life, the more the opportunity for upgrades);
2) Application scope: human-system integration issues (human-related uncertainty is handled by the 
human actors in the adaptation loop)

Keep up to date with developments:

As the project progresses, news and updates will be posted to the Use-it-wisely website which will be launched before the end of the year. In the mean time you can keep up to date with developments and project news by ‘liking’ Use-it-wisely on Facebook and ‘following’ @UIWFP7 on Twitter

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