The objective of the project TIPSS-IMS, Tools for Innovative Product-Service-Systems for Global Tool and Die Networks within the IMS community, is the extension of scope of the EC-FP7 funded project TIPSS (No. 214794) with respect to IMS-specific tasks and results. A win-win situation will be achieved by making the results of the TIPSS project accessible for the global IMS community and by improving the significance of individual work packages due to the integration of the global perspective of various IMS partners in the TIPPS-IMS project.
The TIPSS-IMS project addresses the needs of the tooling industry in the IMS regions. In recent years the tooling industry has lost its competitive edge due to progressive cost competition as well as a shortfall in developing innovative sales potentials such as delivering know-how-intensive industrial product-services. No other industry depends on the integration of customer influence in the design and development process of its products at such degree. The tooling industry faces multi-site and multi-national product development and production processes of parts producing customers all over the world. These customers demand a great deal from their toolmakers – and the latter need to live up to these aspirations. Networks offer a chance to fulfil the prospective customers’ needs, especially for small- and medium-sized companies that do not have the resources to build up an international network off their own.
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