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Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature – Research Assistant Kostas Apostolakis

Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature

Research Assistant Kostas Apostolakis

Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)

This week we spoke to Kostas Apostolakis, Research Assistant from the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), about his role in Factory2Fit and his views on the project.

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Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature – Professor Ralph Riedel

Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature

Professor Ralph Riedel 

Chemnitz University of Technology 

 

Two departments within Chemnitz University of Technology (TUC) are participating in the Factory2Fit project. The department of Factory Planning and Factory Management is focusing on the development of innovative production systems, covering a wide range of questions in the field of Industrial Engineering and Operations Management. The department of Cognitive and Engineering Psychology is focusing on Human-Machine-Interaction with automated systems in various domains. This includes learning processes, and skill acquisition as well as the development of trust, acceptance and mental models of automated systems.

Today we sat down with F2F partner Professor Ralph Riedel – Adjunct Professor and research group leader at the department of Factory Planning and Factory Management in Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany – to talk about his role in the Factory2Fit project.

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Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature – Dr Eija Kaasinen

Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature

Dr Eija Kaasinen

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

 

This week we spoke to the project coordinator, Dr Eija Kaasinen from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, about her role and the impact she sees Factory2Fit making in the manufacturing sector.

 VTT is a state owned non-profit company operating under the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The research and technology organisation (RTO) carries out research and innovation activities for the needs of industry and knowledge-based society. As well as coordinating the Factory2Fit project, VTT brings expertise in human factors, user experience, user acceptance, safety, wellbeing and ethics.

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Factory2Fit consortium meeting held in Finland on 7-8 March

The Factory2Fit partners gathered for an insightful two-day consortium meeting in Espoo, Finland on 7th and 8th March 2017. The meeting was hosted by project coordinator VTT and attended by 27 members representing all 9 partner organisations. Read more

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The Factory2Fit External Advisory Board to meet in Helsinki

The Factory2Fit External Advisory Board will meet on Monday 30 January 2017 in Helsinki. This first face-to-face meeting between the Advisory Board members will be hosted by the Finnish Metalworkers’ Union in the heart of the Finnish capital. Read more

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The Factory2Fit Project kicks off

The Factory2Fit consortium met on 9th and 10th November 2016 to officially kick off the three year project.

Partners from all nine organisations in the four participating countries (Finland, Germany, Greece and Ireland) travelled to Brussels to begin work on this exciting project.

By developing solutions  to make the factory environment more flexible and adaptable, the Factory2Fit project will bring increased worker motivation, satisfaction and productivity. It will help people to become knowledge workers in smart factories with fulfilling careers.

Work is now underway on the first task – defining industry’s needs and requirements for adaptation solutions. This will be done locally with participating industrial partners, and globally with stakeholders from industry, scientific experts and user communities.

 

Factory2Fit is funded under the EU’s H2020 research programme. Follow us on Twitter (@Factory2Fit_EU) for project updates.

 

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Introducing ‘Co-Bots’

Ever heard of a ‘co-bot’? It’s a robot who becomes your co-worker – working hand-in-hand with you to complete tasks. In this article, originally published on www.autonews.com, author Zac Palmer looks at some automotive factories using co-bots to help workers get more jobs done faster. Watch the video below to see a co-bot in action.

 

To read the original article, visit: http://www.autonews.com/article/20160715/BLOG06/307169999/fist-bumps-and-shock-installation-ford-co-bots-do-it-all

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What is A ‘SMART FACTORY’?

The emerging industrial environment is often referred to as the ‘Smart Factory’. But what exactly does the term mean? In this article, which was published by Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) on www.industrie4.0.gtai.de, they explore the ‘Smart Factory’ concept as defined in Industrie 4.0 (the German strategic initiative to establish Germany as a lead market and provider of advanced manufacturing solutions).

 

Smart Factory

 

The merging of the virtual and the physical worlds through cyber-physical systems and the resulting fusion of technical processes and business processes are leading the way to a new industrial age best defined by the “smart factory” concept.

 

The merging of the virtual and the physical worlds through cyber-physical systems and the resulting fusion of technical processes and business processes are leading the way to a new industrial age best defined by the “smart factory” concept.

 

The deployment of cyber-physical systems in production systems gives birth to the “smart factory.” Smart factory products, resources and processes are characterized by cyber-physical systems; providing significant real-time quality, time, resource, and cost advantages in comparison with classic production systems.

 

The smart factory is designed according to sustainable and service-oriented business practices. These insist upon adaptability, flexibility, self-adaptability and learning characteristics, fault tolerance, and risk management.

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