Private sharing platform started within project Circular Maintenance

Circular Maintenance is a project within the European programme Interreg Flanders-Netherlands. In the Circular Maintenance project, with the support of Interreg Vlaanderen-Netherlands, several public and private partners will work together, under the leadership of the (Dutch) Knowledge and Innovation Centre Maintenance Process Industry (KicMPi) and the Belgian Maintenance Association (BEMAS), to reduce the material footprint of the process industry in the South of the Netherlands and Flanders and at the same time gain an economic advantage.   

Project description

The transition from 'possession' to 'use' and 'reuse', and the responsibility for waste, challenges companies to look for innovation in their current earning models, in which combinations of products and services are made. The further integration of products with services not only creates new markets, but also the possibility of taking responsibility for the creation and the entire life cycle of the products they produce themselves. This responsibility leads to the redesign of products and processes and hence to substantial investments, but it also has earning potential through the reuse of scarce raw materials. 

This project raises the question of whether the concept of parts of products also works in the maintenance sector and specifically in the process industry.

Objective of the project: 

- A business model for a sharing platform, which is widely applicable in the maintenance industry. 

- The users are maintenance responsibles of companies in the process industry such as Engie, Nippongases, Oiltanking, Yara, BP, BASF,.... 

- On the sharing platform they can find an overview of which machines and equipment is available at the other companies, as well as make a reservation. It can concern only the equipment, or also the corresponding operator.

Results last quarter

1. The use case of the project was further elaborated in detail.

2. A demo was given to the potential future users of what such a sharing platform could look like. 

3. Role of existing rental companies within this work package was developed 

4. Relief was made concrete, as a necessary condition for parts: insurance, incentive, stimulation of offer, Capability Engineering, general conditions. A rental company was called in as an experience expert and a LoRaWan technology provider to discuss tracking and tracing. 

5. Supply and demand: scope was defined, around 'specials' such as special measuring equipment, in order to maintain focus and make agreements more concrete. 

6. Arrangements were made, a first insurance proposal of Baloise Insurance was reviewed together. 

7. First offer was brought online on a private platform of i.Revitalise in order to be able to experiment with offering, consulting and searching. 

8. The participants were expanded with a potential insurer and 2 rental companies.

This project is subsidized by the European Union