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Factory2Fit Solutions are being Piloted at Continental’s Factory in Limbach-Oberfrohna!

Continental has begun piloting Factoy2Fit solutions!

Continental is an international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and Factory2Fit industrial partner. One of the major products of the Continental plant in Limbach-Oberfrohna is fuel injectors, which they produce using customised, highly automated machinery. They will be using some of the solutions developed in Factory2Fit to improve the efficiency of these machines while engaging their workers in the design and task distribution of their workplace. On the 15th May they began the baseline measurement of the Factory2Fit solutions to ensure the accurate evaluation of their impacts following the completion of the pilots.

On the 27th May, Continental began conducting their 3 pilot studies in earnest.

  1. Their first pilot will be testing the Worker Feedback Dashboard, which privately shows workers two production related metrics: “Tasks completed” and “Worker count” allowing workers to track their progress and visualise their achievements. This solution can be used to graph progress from week to week and provide workers with completely private, motivating statistics about their personal work achievements.
  2. The second pilot will test the Decision Support System, which is used to improve the allocations of tasks by analysing the priority of each task as well as workers’ individual skills and preferences. The production processes at Continental have numerous steps and dependencies, this Decision Support System helps to ensure that both the automated machines and the human workers of the factory are assigned tasks efficiently and can quickly reassign tasks if there is a machine fault or some other error. In addition to this, workers are given input on the types of task they wish to work on.
  3. The third pilot will test our Participatory Design tool to optimise workplace and process designs. Continental will be using it for the evaluation of a new assembly line and to determine the most efficient allocation of resources. Using a Virtual Factory tool developed in the project, workers can use their expertise to actively participate in the design of their workplace.

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