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Analyzing a New Service-Oriented Business Model, the Rental Model for the Industrial Automation Company SICK, on the Example of a Non-Contact Motion Sensor

  • Service in industrial manufacturing is a field with a lot of potential for development. The industrial automation company SICK rises to the challenge by developing a service-oriented business model. The disadvantages of the free of charge loan for customers, created the idea to implement a rental model for the testing phase. This bachelor thesis analyzes the service implementation in manufacturing industries and classifies the rental model in the context of service-oriented business models. Further the rental model on the example of a non-contact motion sensor is evaluated and further characteristics are developed. Moreover, the loan and rental process are compared in order to analyze the effort created by the rental model. The main goal is to analyze the need of a service-oriented business model to make a recommendation about the implementation for other products besides the non contact motion sensor. To develop a theoretical background of the topic of service-oriented business models, the researcher refers to literature in the field of service in manufacturing and business models. A practical approach applies to the analysis of the development of the rental model as a business model. Further,expert interviews are conducted to make a recommendation based on the expert’s opinions. In conclusion, manufacturers have further potential to develop service-oriented business models. The core business of the industry is manufacturing which makes it risky to further develop the service portfolio. The findings indicate that the rental model as a service-oriented business model should be an additional option for the testing phase for higher priced products at SICK.

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Author:Vanessa Mesarek
Advisor:Paul Taylor
Document Type:Bachelor Thesis
Year of Completion:2021
Granting Institution:Hochschule Furtwangen
Date of final exam:2021/08/14
Release Date:2022/01/10
Tag:Business model; Industrial automation; Rental model; Sensor; Service
Page Number:72
Degree Program:IBW - Internationale Betriebswirtschaft
Functional area:Business Strategy
Open-Access-Status: Closed Access 
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt