Human-machine cooperation - Project start at VIRTUAL VEHICLE
In December, VIRTUAL VEHICLE, together with an Austrian industrial consortium, was awarded the contract for the national lead project "MMAssist II“ under the FFG initiative "Produktion der Zukunft". The aim of the project is to develop assistance functions that give cognitive properties to production machines. In this way, factories will become more flexible for individualized products and will both relieve the workforce and increase their work satisfaction.
Experts agree: The products of the future are becoming more and more functional and individual. As an industrial location, Europe will only succeed if individualized products can be produced at marketable prices. The great vision is to produce goods in a batch size of one while achieving the price of a mass-production article. It is this vision, the partner companies want to support with the new lead project of the FFG initiative "Produktion der Zukunft ".
Assistance systems with cognitive properties
In the project "MMAssist II", VIRTUAL VEHICLE focuses, together with 24 partner companies, on the synergy between man and machine. With the aid of so-called assistance systems, production machines are going to attain cognitive properties and to relieve the factory staff. For example, complex guidance systems for the assembly of certain components should be provided to the operator by means of an automatic and digital display. This saves a lot of time and effort, especially with regard to the shrinking batch sizes, as nowadays instructions are mostly available in paper form, somewhere in the factory and hard to access.
Ensuring work satisfaction
In the project, VIRTUAL VEHICLE plays an essential role in the observation and guarantee of workers' satisfaction, which is to be positively influenced by the introduction of assistance systems: Since the active motivation and problem-solving abilities of the workers are becoming increasingly important within the highly individualized production processes, assistance systems should positively support the self-determination and the involvement of workers. VIRTUAL VEHICLE is developing an analysis model that highlights the influence of assistance systems on work satisfaction. From this, intervention methods are derived in order to increase work satisfaction if necessary.