CRC 768 / SFB 768: Managing Cycles in Innovation Processes – Integrated Development of Product-Service Systems Based on Technical Products

The Collaborative Research Center 768 achieves approval for the third funding period!

Coordinator: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Vogel-Heuser

We can go on! The CRC 768 “Managing Cycles in Innovation Processes – Integrated Development of Product-Service Systems Based on Technical Products” was reviewed successfully. The perspective on Product-Service Systems (PSS) shifts from a technical-oriented to a socio-technical view. Thus, with our seventeen subprojects we are well positioned for the third funding period to shape and manage cycles in innovation processes proactively. We thank you very much for your interest, support and feedback!

In the third funding period, the transfer into industry is especially important. Therefore, we are pleased that a further transfer project was established with the Software Factory GmbH. Based on the results of subproject A6, it will transfer a method to support the decisions in multidisciplinary teams in early phases of the innovation process of mechatronic PSS from basic research to application in industry. One use case is machine and plant manufacturing in the packaging industry. Fortunately, we thereby can make use of the PTC product family. As the coupling of models between the different disciplines but also along the value creation chain, poses a major challenge of the CRC 768, this topic will be investigated by a new integrated subproject of the Institute of Product Development, Chair for Information Systems, Institute of Machine Tools and Industrial Management, and the Institute of Automation and Information Systems (subproject D1). In order to manage the dependencies/inconsistencies in these coupled models (subproject D1) and navigate through them efficiently, an interactive visualization (subproject D2) will be developed. The results of the CRC 768 will be integrated in a publicly available online platform.

On our website, we want to give you an overview of the CRC 768 structure and an outlook on the new funding period. We hope you enjoy reading and we would be happy to receive your feedback!


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Coordinator of the CRC 768 / SFB 768