Transparency of product data is important not only for consumers, but for all actors within the value chain.
In addition to the typical product information, certificates and instructions for use, the focus is increasingly on information that provides information on reparability, remanufacturing and recycling. Although these specific product data are already available today, a cross-sectoral data exchange is often not guaranteed due to the different actors involved.
The Digital Product Passport (DPP) addresses this point precisely and enables, for example, manufacturers, users and disposal companies to ensure a uniform exchange of data throughout the entire product life cycle. The vision behind the Digital Product Passport is as simple as it is ingenious, because with a mobile end device, e.g. a smartphone or tablet, users can find out a great deal about a particular product with just a few clicks:
- Manufacturers benefit by being able to provide operating instructions and user manuals in the current national version.
- Operators have the chance to access the current versions of the operating instructions online.
- Disposal companies can carry out environmentally friendly and resource-saving recycling.
- Public authorities can check whether the local, current legal framework conditions are being complied with.
- Mechanics can obtain information on how a product is installed or repaired.
- Consumers can understand under which social and ecological conditions a product was manufactured.
Of course, these information is already publicly available today. However, the problem arises that each of the actors involved has different exchange formats. A uniform sector- or industry-specific transfer of data is not possible in this way. The Digital Product Passport solves this problem by using a standardised data exchange.