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Title: Exploring the integration of the human as a flexibility factor in CPS enabled manufacturing environments: methodology and results
Authors: Fantini, P.
Tavola, G.
Taisch, Marco
Barbosa, J.
Leitao, P.
Liu, Ying
Sayed, Mohamed S.
Lohse, Niels
Keywords: Cyber Physical Systems
Human-centric manufacturing
Industry 4.0
Ergonomic work environments
Knowledge and competences
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © IEEE
Citation: FANTINI, P. ...et al., 2016. Exploring the integration of the human as a flexibility factor in CPS enabled manufacturing environments: methodology and results. Presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON 2016 ), Florence, Italy, October 24-27th, pp.5711-5716.
Abstract: Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) are expected to shape the evolution of production towards the fourth industrial revolution named Industry 4.0. The increasing integration of manufacturing processes and the strengthening of the autonomous capabilities of manufacturing systems make investigating the role of humans a primary research objective in view of emerging social and demographic megatrends. Understanding how the employees can be better integrated to enable increased flexibility in manufacturing systems is a prerequisite to allow technological solutions, as well as humans, to harness their full potential. Humans can supervise and adjust the settings, be a source of knowledge and competences, can diagnose situations, take decisions and several other activities influencing manufacturing performances, overall providing additional degrees of freedom to the systems. This paper, studies two different integration models: Human-in-the-Loop and Human-in-the-Mesh. They are both analysed in the context of four industrial cases of deployment of cyber physical systems in production.
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Sponsor: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 680435.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1109/IECON.2016.7793579
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23301
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IECON.2016.7793579
ISBN: 9781509034741
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers and Contributions (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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