On May 2, 2023, the official opening ceremony for science and industry took place at ZESS, the research center for the engineering of smart product-service systems, in Bochum. New technologies have an impact on products, processes, business models, value chains and lead to Smart Product-Service Systems (Smart PSS). ZESS aims to understand Smart Product-Service Systems, their characteristic properties and the changes resulting from these properties across disciplines and to transfer them into suitable models, methods, technologies and systems. The goal is the successful transfer and implementation of novel engineering approaches into industrial applications.
An interdisciplinary team of scientists led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Kuhlenkötter, spokesman of the initiative and scientifically responsible for the ZESS research center as well as head of the Chair of Production Systems at the Ruhr University Bochum, is driving research and development on this topic.