Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Interfaces for tomorrow’s manufacturing

11.06.2013
A trend study identifies the potential for humans and technology to interact in a manufacturing environment

Fraunhofer IAO has looked into the effects that developments in the field of manufacturing will have on the interface between humans and technology. The study highlights the potential for future-proof human-machine interfaces (HMIs) and discusses the challenges that will have to be overcome in designing tomorrow’s HMIs and HMI engineering tools.

Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are absolutely central to production processes, and as such they have a major influence on the quality and efficiency of industrial manufacturing. HMIs not only make it possible to control and monitor facilities, they also provide valuable information on those facilities’ operational status.

Current and future developments in manufacturing – including the changes referred to as Industry 4.0 – will also affect the role played by the interaction between humans and technology. While the growing connectivity and intelligence of systems promise greater flexibility in processes, they also have the effect of increasing complexity. This makes it all the more important to involve the future users of an HMI early on in its development.

Fraunhofer IAO has completed a trend study to identify and explore the key areas for action to ensure humans can interact with technology in tomorrow’s manufacturing. In particular the study considers all aspects of ergonomic HMI design as well as how to integrate new technologies such as interactive and recognition technologies or social media. Since HMIs are often produced using special development tools, the study also looks into the functionalities and opportunities such tools can provide.

One point the study makes is that while development work is simplified by certain tools offering standard functionalities such as SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), these tools can restrict the range of design possibilities for the HMI. Using the right HMI tool, however, can in itself bring significant benefits in terms of innovation. With manufacturing environments in flux, what is needed is a set of future-proof HMI developer tools along with a detailed analysis of the design possibilities.

The content of the study is drawn primarily from workshops and interviews with relevant experts from the areas of manufacturing operations, IT, and the interaction between humans and technology. In order to make the results of the study as readily applicable in practice as possible, the experts approached came not only from the scientific community but also from industry. The study highlights the changes that the manufacturing sector is about to undergo as well as the challenges this presents for the design of interfaces between humans and technology.

In addition to offering specific measures and guidelines for how to design powerful HMIs, the study recommends selection criteria for the necessary engineering tools. These can serve as an aid both in designing and developing appealing HMIs and efficient engineering tools and in adopting a suitable future-proof HMI engineering environment.

Matthias Peissner | Fraunhofer IAO
Further information:
http://www.iao.fraunhofer.de/lang-en/business-areas/information-communication-technology/1054-interfaces-for-tomorrows-manufacturing.ht

Further reports about: HMI IAO Social Media human-machine interfaces production process

More articles from Studies and Analyses:

nachricht Physics of bubbles could explain language patterns
25.07.2017 | University of Portsmouth

nachricht Obstructing the ‘inner eye’
07.07.2017 | Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

All articles from Studies and Analyses >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Carbon Nanotubes Turn Electrical Current into Light-emitting Quasi-particles

Strong light-matter coupling in these semiconducting tubes may hold the key to electrically pumped lasers

Light-matter quasi-particles can be generated electrically in semiconducting carbon nanotubes. Material scientists and physicists from Heidelberg University...

Im Focus: Flexible proximity sensor creates smart surfaces

Fraunhofer IPA has developed a proximity sensor made from silicone and carbon nanotubes (CNT) which detects objects and determines their position. The materials and printing process used mean that the sensor is extremely flexible, economical and can be used for large surfaces. Industry and research partners can use and further develop this innovation straight away.

At first glance, the proximity sensor appears to be nothing special: a thin, elastic layer of silicone onto which black square surfaces are printed, but these...

Im Focus: 3-D scanning with water

3-D shape acquisition using water displacement as the shape sensor for the reconstruction of complex objects

A global team of computer scientists and engineers have developed an innovative technique that more completely reconstructs challenging 3D objects. An ancient...

Im Focus: Manipulating Electron Spins Without Loss of Information

Physicists have developed a new technique that uses electrical voltages to control the electron spin on a chip. The newly-developed method provides protection from spin decay, meaning that the contained information can be maintained and transmitted over comparatively large distances, as has been demonstrated by a team from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute. The results have been published in Physical Review X.

For several years, researchers have been trying to use the spin of an electron to store and transmit information. The spin of each electron is always coupled...

Im Focus: The proton precisely weighted

What is the mass of a proton? Scientists from Germany and Japan successfully did an important step towards the most exact knowledge of this fundamental constant. By means of precision measurements on a single proton, they could improve the precision by a factor of three and also correct the existing value.

To determine the mass of a single proton still more accurate – a group of physicists led by Klaus Blaum and Sven Sturm of the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Closing the Sustainability Circle: Protection of Food with Biobased Materials

21.07.2017 | Event News

»We are bringing Additive Manufacturing to SMEs«

19.07.2017 | Event News

The technology with a feel for feelings

12.07.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Serious children’s infections also spreading in Switzerland

26.07.2017 | Health and Medicine

Biomarkers for identifying Tumor Aggressiveness

26.07.2017 | Life Sciences

NASA mission surfs through waves in space to understand space weather

25.07.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>