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New Publication: A Worker-Centric Design and Evaluation Framework for Operator 4.0 Solutions that Support Work Well-Being

Factory2Fit partners have released a new open-access publication on Worker-Centric design and Evaluation Frameworks!

As industrial technologies improve, factory work is developing towards knowledge work. By integrating workers and smart technologies we can develop Smart Operators, also known as Operator 4.0. This makes work more demanding, but also more enriched and flexible. This integration of workers, automation and smart technologies will revolutionise what it means to work in a factory. Rather than getting replaced by automated processes, workers will integrate smart technologies into their day-to-day procedure to make work more customisable and individualised.

The paper, “A Worker-Centric Design and Evaluation Framework for Operator 4.0 Solutions that Support Work Well-Being” was published on the 1st January 2019 in the book “HWID 2018: Human Work Interaction Design. Designing Engaging Automation”. The change described as Operator 4.0 has the potential to significantly increase worker well-being but requires the careful design of future factory tools and work practices. Because of this complexity, Factory2Fit members have developed an open access design and evaluation framework that can be used to improve the development of these new solutions.

Click here to read the full paper and learn more about the Factory2Fit framework!