The Factory2Fit Project
Smart factories mean more automation and more customisation. Flexible and adaptive environments are crucial – both for productivity and for work satisfaction. The Factory2Fit project will develop adaption solutions to engage and motivate manufacturing workers with different skills, capabilities and preferences. Essentially, it will help current and future workers to become knowledge workers in smart factories with fulfilling careers.
The Factory2Fit Idea
The core idea behind the Factory2Fit project is that the workers are experts in their own work – therefore they should have an active role in designing their work. The adaptation solutions that Factory2Fit will deliver are based on a dynamic user model that takes the worker’s capabilities (both physical and cognitive) into account. According to the Quantified Worker principle, the worker will get feedback on his/her own performance, which supports their continuous learning and skills development.
The Factory2Fit Pilots
Virtual factory models will be used as engaging platforms for the hands-on co-design of work practices, knowledge sharing and training. Augmented Reality (AR) based tools will provide guidance and sharing of knowledge. There will be three industrial pilots in real manufacturing environments. The Factory2Fit adaptation solutions will be developed within these pilots. Once developed, they will be generalised and disseminated widely to the manufacturing industry.
The Factory2Fit Benefits
The adaptive automation solutions that will be developed in the Factory2Fit project will have a number of benefits for workers and employers in the manufacturing industry, such as:
- Increased work satisfaction
- Fewer occupational health issues
- Less stress
- Improved efficiency
- Increased productivity
- Better quality products
Factory2Fit will support the cooperation between people and machines – helping current and future workers to become knowledge workers in smart factories with fulfilling careers. This will, in turn, improve the competitiveness of the European manufacturing industry and support the principle of responsible manufacturing.