Manual Work Support Throughout System Lifecycle by Exploiting Virtual and Augmented Reality

Project: EU project

Project Details


Manual work is a crucial and expensive component of manufacturing. Globalization causes companies to reduce manual work costs by offshoring and global outsourcing. This poses problems such as increased lead times, lower quality products and services, and weaker management. Because of the pressure of globalization and the decline of the working age population in Europe, the situation will get worse in sectors with a large proportion of high value manual work that cannot be automated or outsourced. The ManuVAR project aims to provide a timely and systematic solution to this problem. The objective of ManuVAR is to develop an innovative technology platform and a framework to support high value manual work throughout the product lifecycle. ManuVAR will cover ergonomics, safety, work assistance, and training. It includes various people from designers to factory workers, operators, maintenance personnel, and end-users. The aims of ManuVAR are to: (1) increase productivity and quality, reducing the cost of high value manual work at every stage of the lifecycle; (2) facilitate adaptation to product customization and changes; (3) support efficient knowledge and skill management; (4) improve EU industry competitiveness via knowledge-based business models. This will be achieved by employing virtual reality technology to facilitate communication between people and systems. It will also enable the two-way flow of knowledge and its accumulation and reuse throughout the entire lifecycle and across subsequent system generations. The consortium comprises 18 partners representing industry, research and academia. In ManuVAR, there are five synergistic application clusters in different industrial areas: terrestrial satellite assembly, assembly line design, remote maintenance of trains, maintenance of nuclear reactors, large machine assembly process design. ManuVAR will demonstrate that high value, high knowledge manual work is an opportunity to improve the competitiveness of EU industries.
Short titleManuVAR
Effective start/end date1/05/0930/04/12

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (lead)
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.
  • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
  • Tecnalia Research & Innovation (TRI)
  • Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS)
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University of Malaga
  • University of Nottingham
  • Tampere University of Technology (TUT)
  • Thales Alenia Space Italia S.p.A.
  • Metso Outotec Finland Oy
  • Nuevas Estrategias de Mantenimiento S.L
  • Tecnatom S.A.
  • Carr Communications Limited
  • Hermia Business Development Ltd
  • Association for Advancement of Radical Behavior Analysis (AARBA)
  • cards PLM Solutions B.V.
  • IPA Total Productivity B.v.
  • Fundación Fatronik S.A.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Funding category

  • EU-FP7


  • FP7-NMP