User Evaluation of Industry 4.0 Concepts for Worker Engagement

Susanna Aromaa, Marja Liinasuo, Eija Kaasinen, Michael Bojko, Franziska Schmalfuß, Konstantinos C. Apostolakis, Dimitrios Zarpalas, Petros Daras, Cemalettin Özturk, Menouer Boubekeuer

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    Industry is undergoing a digital transition that will change the design and setup of human-machine systems. One part of this change is increasing possibilities of workers to influence their work. In this paper, we present four components of the Factory2Fit project that contribute to this change by engaging workers: (1) knowledge sharing and collaboration via a discussion platform; (2) visualisation of information via augmented reality (AR) glasses; (3) participatory design of workplaces and tasks by means of a 3D simulation software programme, and (4) an on-site training tool utilising a training platform. The demonstrators were evaluated with workers to identify foreseen benefits, challenges and impact on their work. Most of the concepts seem to be well accepted and they have high potential to improve work well-being and work performance. The results of this study are encouraging, but long-term field studies with actual prototypes will be needed to evolve the concepts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHuman Systems Engineering and Design
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 1st International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design (IHSED2018): Future Trends and Applications, October 25-27, 2018, CHU-Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France
    EditorsTareq Ahram, Redha Taiar, Waldemar Karwowski
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-02053-8
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-02052-1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventInternational Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications - CHU-Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France
    Duration: 25 Oct 201827 Oct 2018

    Publication series

    SeriesAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design
    Abbreviated titleIHSED 2018


    • Industry 4.0
    • acceptannce
    • engagement
    • work
    • manufacturing
    • smart factory


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