Claudio R. Boer

Claudio R. Boer
University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland · Advisory Board

MAS, PhD

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Introduction
I am presently Vice-President of the Board of SUPSI. Before I served as Director of ICIMSI - Institute of CIM for Sustainable Innovation. My research work is concentrating on how to reduce the waste of energy, water and other natural resources applying different production paradigms like Mass Customization. I have teach in Chinese universities in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Dongguan and it is interesting to see how Swiss applied teaching is impacting on Chinese students. I am also Vice-President of the Advisory Board of Valorsec SA, a boutique Investment and Management consulting company working at the edge of Collaborative Computing, Energy and Building optimisation, Autonomous Mobility, new materials for Energy saving.
Additional affiliations
March 2019 - present
HumaniTech Network
Position
  • CEO
Description
  • HUMANITECH is a network where you can meet other searchers and researchers to discuss about technology and its ability to improve humanity quality of life.
September 2016 - July 2018
Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Teaching Innovation and Sustainable Development
September 2013 - August 2017
GuangDong University of Technology
Position
  • Professor (Full)
Description
  • Teaching Advanced Manufacturing Processes, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Mass Customization and Sustainability.
Education
January 1975 - October 1978
Carleton University
Field of study
  • Mechanical Engineering
October 1973 - May 1974
University of Waterloo
Field of study
  • Mechanical Engineering
April 1966 - June 1972
Politecnico di Torino
Field of study
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Publications (109)
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One third of energy consumption is attributable to the industrial sector, with as much as half ultimately wasted as heat. Consequently, research has focused on technologies for harvesting this waste heat energy, however, the adoption of such technologies can be costly with long payback time. A decision support tool is presented which computes the c...
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The growing importance of manufacturing SMEs within the European economy, in terms of Gross Domestic Product and number of jobs, emphasizes the need of proper ICT tools to support their competitiveness. Major ICT players already offer one-does-all Product Lifecycle Management suites, however, these do show consistent shortcomings in terms of SME ac...
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The book is the result of years of research on Mass Customization and Sustainability and proposes a set of tools to quantify the impact of the choices made for manufacture consumer products, and as a result limit the effects on the environment, economy and society. To adapt to global competitive pressures, manufacturers must develop methods and ena...
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The term “mass customization,” abridged with MC, was anticipated by Stan Davis in the book, “Future Perfect,” in 1987: “the same large number of customers can be reached as in mass markets… and simultaneously they can be treated individually as in the customized markets of pre-industrial economies.”
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In the previous chapters, we have provided means to answer a set of fundamental questions: how can a mass customization implementation be set up? What kind of production system is needed? What channels are the most suitable for tracking the targeted customer segment? How will this solution perform as far as sustainability is concerned?
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Several different research initiatives have been funded by the European Commission in order to provide solutions to the challenges proposed in this work.
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Mass Customization refers to customer co-design process of products and services, which meets the needs of each individual customer with regard to certain product features. All operations are performed within a fixed solution space, characterized by stable but still flexible and responsive processes.
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The concept of sustainability, in the way we understand the term now, first appeared in 1987, within the Brundtland Report, defined as “to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Later, as the concept gained popularity, hundreds of definitions were proposed, in academ...
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The integration of Mass Customization and Sustainable Development paradigms can lead to significantly benefits to companies. To harness their potentialities a suitable stable solution space, describing the product, the production system and the supply network, has to be defined. New structured design approaches are required for handling Sustainabil...
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To adapt to global competitive pressures, European Industry must develop methods and enabling technologies towards a personalized, customer oriented and sustainable manufacturing [1]. To this end, a key question to be addressed is whether Mass Customization can be regarded as one of the main driving forces to achieve effective Sustainability, or a...
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The traditional supply chain management doesn't always consider the product development as a part, however, as the Web and e-Business application gather critical mass, the customer requirements are more customized, diverse, and the product life cycle is shorter, thus, it is beneficial to make product development as an value added part through the o...
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The growing importance of manufacturing SMEs within the European economy, in terms of Gross Domestic Product and number of jobs, emphasizes the need of proper ICT tools to support their competitiveness. Major ICT players already offer one-does-all Product Lifecycle Management suites, supporting several phases of the product-process-plant definition...
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The Institute CIM for Sustainable Innovation (ICIMSI), being part of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), supports local industrial and service sectors through knowledge creation and transfer. In this framework, ICIMSI develops various initiatives in engineering education and learning both concerning continuo...
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Interactive 3D virtual environments provide an enabling circumstances for innovation and evolution in education system, training, maintenance and repair operations of industrial plants. In fact, technique like complete 3D simulation of products processes and manufacturing facilities promotes a new approach to technical documentation and assistance,...
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Concurrent Engineering / Enterprising success relies on the ability of multidisciplinary teams and manufacturing enterprise networks to be able to communicate their requirements to each other effectively, and coordinate their simultaneous activities and their dependencies during the product development process. Concurrent strategies demand a huge a...
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A large variety of organisational forms for collaboration have emerged during the last years as a result of the many socio-economic challenges faced by the society and enabled by the new ICT developments. As a result, in both developed and developing countries, different initiatives are carried out to motivate organisations, to network in new colla...
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Generating sustainable product life cycles explains the importance of a holistic long-term planning and management approach to reaching a maximum product benefit over the entire life cycle. The paradigm of thinking in product life cycles supports manufacturers in shaping successful products. The book promotes various methods and tools for life cycl...
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The major global challenges we are facing today need to be addressed in the multifaceted context of economy, society, environment and technology (ESET). In recent years, the consensus of calling for sustainable development (SD) and implementation has emerged. Along with this belief, high added value, knowledge-based, competitive sustainable manufac...
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Sustainable innovation represents a current challenge for companies, as firms need to change the way they design, develop, produce and distribute products and services. Therefore, this paper proposes a new framework to be used as a reference guideline for organisations to define a roadmap, specific actions and projects to achieve sustainable innova...
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This paper explores the use of simulation for the optimization of highly flexible production plants. Basis for this work is a model of a real shoe production plant that produces up to 13 different styles concurrently, resulting in maximum 11 different production sequences. The flexibility of the plant is ensured by organizing the process in a seque...
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The world is “becoming flat” (Friedman, 2005), this means that innovations are emerging thanks to the deployment of new open collaborative frameworks and Information and Communication Technologies that enable the development of new products and services. Additionally, there are two key emerging trends changing the business arena: 1) the fast develo...
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This paper presents models and ideas at the foundation of a new collision detection engine for manufacturing systems simulation. The fast and reliable collision detection method proposed is based on an hybrid approach (usage of mixed type of bounding volumes shape and positioning) capable to satisfy the requirement of a quick and consistent detecti...
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In both developed and developing countries, different initiatives are carried out to motivate organisations, mainly companies, to network in new collaborative environments for innovation. In many cases these different initiatives have been promoted by Universities where academic researchers play a very important role by diffusing these networking c...
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Mass customization is an emerging paradigm gathering growing interest in many industrial fields. The book explores the applicability of and developed technologies for the adoption of such a paradigm in the footwear business. The research showed the benefits for shoe companies of switching to the new business models and heled develop many of the ena...
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The global market with increasing competition calls for new strategies that strengthen the future manufacturing systems. This paper presents the underlying models and ideas enabling a new conceptual framework for the next generation of Virtual Factory implementations. The approach fosters four pillars: a standard extensible data model; decoupled fu...
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In this paper, the authors discuss the latest advancement of supply chain management (SCM) that leads to the development of a networked supply chain partnership (SCP). A deep insight is given into the nature, motivation and implementation of the SCP as a value-added component in the forefront of SCM. The role of the Internet in SCP is examined, and...
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This case study describes and analyses an Italian-based laboratory as a state-of-the-art approach to the mass customisation of shoe design and manufacturing. Based in Italy's shoemaking capital, Vigevano, the ITIA-CNR Design & Mass Customisation Laboratory (D&MC Lab) covers the entire spectrum of development and production activities of mass-custom...
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One of the core issues of mass customization (MC) is to provide more and more conveniences to meet customer’s customized requirements, and on the other hand to ensure near mass production efficiency and quality in manufacturing processes. Virtual Reality Environment (VRE) provides an immersive environment, in which real objects are reproduced as 3D...
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Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) is a highly utilised material for the manufacture of shoe soles and mid-soles due to its comfort, durability and UV stability. It is also used extensively for exercise mats, wall insulation and sports protection padding. The material can be manufactured into sheets by compression moulding or injection-moulding processes...
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Production systems are changing very fast according with the rapid development of the market, the customer needs and the requirements and the products themselves. Designers and Engineers are asking for supporting tools in order to follow this trend in the proper way; the factory layout should be redesigned (for improving throughput or producing new...
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The life cycle of an industrial product goes through several stages, from the initial idea to the finished product, and on to the purchase and recycling. Virtual reality environments (VRE) allow the user to interact with a digital representation of a product, and so can be used to perform aesthetical, ergonomic, functional tests as well to support...
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In the scenario of mass customization, production is a crucial phase of the whole product life cycle. Production planning and scheduling must therefore evolve and adopt new tools that help to obtain a deeper control of what has to be produced in order to satisfy efficiently customer’ needs. This is very important in the clothing and footwear (fashi...
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This paper describes the facilities that are available at the ITIA Design and Mass Customization Laboratory of Vigevano. The history of the Laboratory and how ITIA has come, through different research projects, to the implementation of the integrated production plant (IPP) is presented. Then the main features, in terms of structures, system archite...
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Manufacturing enterprises, particularly SMEs (Small/Medium Enterprises), are quickly evolving according to market and products fast changes. Manufacturing machines, as a matter of fact, are a core enabling technology in a number of key industrial sectors (metal, wood, leather, stone, plastic, …), which have common requirements for increased product...
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In the near future, agile control systems will be a key element for the realization of intelligent manufacturing systems (IMS). Therefore, innovative development methodologies for the structured design and testing of complex control systems are mandatory. In the present work a development methodology is introduced, which is based on reference model...
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nowadays, the optimization of maintenance activities is becoming more and more important for the manufacturing sector. The increasing requirements to reduce time-to-market, to improve product quality and to keep costs low, point out the research of useful and effective maintenance solutions as topic of common interest.
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Today, in the majority of the shops, customers try the shoes to feel the comfort, look at themselves in a mirror and finally buy the chosen product. However, the trial often encounters difficulties: i.e. the desired shoe doesn’t feet. In EUROShoE Project, methodologies and processes for a custom-made shoe are conceived. A new problem comes out; the...
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The paper presents the research and development efforts aimed at achieving an integrated design and manufacturing system for assembly. The project's main objective is to develop methodologies and tools to design and manage a complete flexible assembly system and the design and realization of modular stations to be integrated in a flexible assembly...
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Automation has been one of the key drivers of the modern Manufacturing Industry and it has been present in various forms from the beginning of the industrial era until today passing through different evolutions responding to human's needs. Therefore automation and the manufacturing industry have undergone several paradigm changes in the last centur...
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Assembly lines design is intended to solve many problems related to assembly operations. The introduction of a new product should often entail the salvage of existing assembly lines. This work proposes a methodology for assembly line reconfiguration, to rationalize and support the redesign process of assembly systems. This research formalizes a rep...
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Virtual factory is a system that allows the modelling and the simulation of a factory in a virtual reality environment where both the layout design and the production process are taken into account, including: 1. the virtual design of the factory building in order to evaluate the environmental impact on the factory itself; 2. the virtual design of...
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One of the research fields and applications of Virtual Reality (VR) is the virtual prototyping. Many big manufacturers of various goods have just started to use immersive systems for the visualization, the presentation and the analysis of their ideas, projects and products, for customers and industrial partners and also for private use in the produ...
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The growth of the networking possibilities allows extending the monitoring and evaluation processes beyond the walls of a single company to verify the coherence with the global strategy of a supply chain nevertheless diminishing the local control. In this paper we start from the development of the overall architecture of a performance measurement s...
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Mass Customisation, meant as an approach to product definition and conception that aims at a direct involvement of the consumer in all phases of its life cycle, implies making use of appropriate tools and technologies, especially in all crucial phases of manufacturing. In particular, the manufacturing systems adopted should exhibit the maximum leve...
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Assembly being the last step of the production cycle of a product, it is normally submitted to the constraints of the precedent step. Techniques like Design for Assembly have been developed to try to take into consideration the peculiarities of the assembly process and reduce costs. The paper present the research and development of an integrated co...
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In the development process of a Virtual Reality (VR) application the main design and implementation aspects are how to interface the user with the application itself. Respect to the traditional software programs, the virtual environments ask for new interface solutions, not yet standardised and commonly accepted. In a VR immersive application the u...
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This paper reports a rule based approach to the gripper selection problem in assembly cells. We deal with gripper's morphology, fingertip and actuation. The goal of the project is to develop a set of rules, based on the formalization of the gripper-selection expert's know-how and reasoning methods. Once the rules are achieved, we point out which pa...
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Design a new factory or re-organise an existing one in order to deal with new products and processes is a very complex and time consuming process. One of the main activities is the continuing interaction with the factory model to analyse its new functionality. The designer needs to "live" the environment to better understand it before its realisati...
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Each discipline needs a research culture in order to grow: the industrial design is usually based on more consolidated research culture disciplines and it will be obvious if it thinks to its interdisciplinary, but it will be also dangerous if it hasn't its own research culture - just "fishing" in the others fields without any kind of orientation po...
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Footwear companies are more and more confronted with the need of responding rapidly and efficiently to market demands; fashion trends change from year to year and most of the time shoe companies have to prepare up to four distinct collections per year. This means a tremendous amount of design work during the conceptual and styling phase of a new sh...
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This paper presents the research activities currently carried out at ITIA-CNR in the field of Virtual Manufacturing Environment. A Virtual Manufacturing Environment (VME) is claimed to represent a solution for concurrent design and analysis of the life-cycle of a product. It also favors integration and coordination of abilities, hence interdiscipli...
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The paper describes an approach to Parallel Kinematics Machines design integrating tools for machine configuration, synthesis and analysis. An example is shown for a 6 d.o.f. hexapod prototype developed at ITIA-CNR.
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The design of Sustainable Industrial Production model needs close integration between Virtual and Physical Factories. The integration aims at reaching two following objectives: tactical, consisting in maintenance and upgrading activities of actual products/processes/production systems, and strategic, consisting in defmition and development of new c...
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The growing importance of environment and social aspects has lead to the emergence of the life cycle concept and to Sustainable Industrial Production. The Products-Processes life cycle matrix must then change to respond to mutations of the context. It may follow a stepwise path combining innovation (new generations) and evolution (within a generati...
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Virtual Reality represents a useful educational environment that permits to join traditional symbolic-reconstructive cognitive modality with perceptive-motory cognitive modality improving learning processes and reducing investments, accidents and architectural barriers. Virtual Reality offers environments where you can immerse yourself interactivel...
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Mutations of the context: economy, society, technology; call for continuous changes of products and related processes. Industry response must range from strategic to tactic horizons. The growing importance of environment and social aspects has lead to the emergence of the life cycle concept and to Sustainable Industrial Production. The Products-Pro...
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Vitual reality (vr) has had much success in many different fields such as entertainment, medicine or military training. This paper describes the realization of prototypal system for machine tools teaching in a virtual environment. This prototype represents the kernel of a larger project that foresees the development of other educational forms to te...
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This paper presents an expert system as a solution approach to automatically determine the process routing and production of mechanical parts on a turning machine, and concerns with the realization of a CAPP system of generative type. The system is intended as an aid to the planner during the process planning. The automated solution of this problem...
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In Manufacturing the FMS has proven that it is possible to achieve flexibility for the production of precise mechanical components in small-medium lot sizes. Not the same can be said for assembly, where the industrial robot has not fulfilled the expectation in terms of precision and flexibility. The paper presents a concept for a Flexible Assembly...