Operator: Digital Transformation in Industry with a Focus on the Operator 4.0
The industrial and service sector in Portugal employs around 23% of active workers, making it a highly relevant sector for the National Economy However, in order to guarantee competitiveness, modernization and internationalization strategies are on demand, especially concerning digital transformation in manufacturing Systems developed for this purpose need to be flexible to assist the shift from mass production to mass customization, but always keeping workers, their productivity, job satisfaction and health in the centre so that digital transformation enables sustainable operations.
We propose to develop tools for exposure data analysis in the workplace, building on the concepts of Positive Ergonomics, Operator 4.0 and on Job Quality Indices by Eurofound, by collecting and visualizing data on physical environment, work intensity, working time, social environment, skills and discretion, career prospects and earnings Technology components will be able to:
- Perform automatic monitoring of human movements and ubiquitous exposure, with subsequent detailed movement analysis and continuous monitoring of ideal work methods;
- Support mental wellbeing through self-reporting and individual visualizations for worker awareness, education and self-management;
- Support asset management (Digital Twin) through automated processes
The project´s aim is to approach the Industry 4.0 workplace holistically, but from the point of view of the workers, gathering and crossing quantitative and qualitative data, building a richer picture of the workers well-being and enabling better predictive models. We will continuously validate our solutions and build large data sets through continuous field work, ranging from short contact sessions during technical development, to long-term trials enabling impact assessment.
The outcome will be a product, in the form of a system of technologies focused on industrial production units which have gone or are going through digital transformation.
The Operator project aims to deliver an innovative framework to automatically collect quantitative and qualitative data at workplaces from manufacturing operators. A decision support system will be developed based on data collection (automatic – wearable sensors and semi-automatic – self reporting). It will do so under three perspectives, which are expected to contribute to benefits for both worker and employer: ergonomics, cognition and productivity.
|Scientific Area||Digital Transformation in Manufacturing|
Project Manager Zenithwings
|Participating Institutions||Fraunhofer Portugal; UNL; Volkswagen Autoeuropa ; NST Apparel (Europe); Porto University; Minho University; ControlConsul|
|PT Research Team||From University of Minho |
Prof. Miguel Ângelo Carvalho
From University of Porto
Prof. Liliana Cunha
|From Fraunhofer Portugal
Ana Correia de Barros
|From Wolkswagen AutoEuropa|
|From Controlconsul, Lda
Prof. Elazer R Edelman
Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center (BMEC)