Factory2Fit at the EU Industry Days 2019 Event

Factory2Fit partners have been demonstrating our latest project updates at the EU Industry Days 2019 event in Brussels, the EU’s flagship conference on industrial and manufacturing policy. This year, the event was opened by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and included a keynote speech from Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament.

Our partners, United Technologies Research Centre (UTRC) and Visual Components, presented the Factory2Fit Online Training and Virtual Factory Tools, which aim to make the factories of the future more adaptable and worker-centric. The two day event took place from the 5th to the 6th February 2019, and included key political speakers and experts from various industrial spheres, as well as sessions organised by major industrial stakeholders.

The Virtual Factory Tools, demonstrated by Visual Components, allow us to simulate factory processes and design at relatively low costs. They can be used by people from diverse backgrounds, ranging from engineers, architects and industrial designers, to foremen and machine operators. By including the knowledge and experience from these diverse sources we hope to engage workers in factory design. These tools will ensure that the Factories of the Future are comparatively cheap, easy to redesign, and designed to satisfy the needs of all workers. This will not only increase worker satisfaction, but also reduce setup costs and improve overall productivity and efficiency.

The Online Training tools presented by UTRC will provide introductory training to new workers and on-the-job training to workers who need to update their skills. The training is adaptive and can be applied to workers with a range of different experience levels. This allows workers to develop their skills at their own pace, and adapt the training to their own needs.

The training tools are augmented by videos of experts carrying out tasks, so that less experienced workers can visualise the process step-by-step. This is expected to greatly reduce the time required to train workers on new or unfamiliar tasks within the factory, both increasing efficiency and increasing worker satisfaction. We believe that the Factories of the Future should engage workers and use their experience to design more attractive and productive working spaces.

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For more information, follow the links and find out more about the Virtual Factory and Onsite Training Tools.