Human Machine Integration
We hear a great deal about automated machines taking over jobs that people used to do. However, as production systems get more complex and, in many cases, more costly, the human operator and their decision-making ability remains one of the most important parts of the system. An effective human machine interface involves the interaction of a human operator, with hardware and software solutions, connected via the internet. Without the signals provided by the operator, we wouldn’t get the desired outcomes or outputs from the machine – the equipment doesn’t work effectively without a properly conceived human machine interface and interaction.
Why is this a future industrial skill? For effective human-machine integration, industries need skilled teams that understand user experience, hardware and software engineering. In manufacturing we are seeing increasing use of industrial automation with people and machines connected through the internet of things, providing a wealth of opportunities for innovation and useful applications.
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Company: Festo Didactic
Estimated time investment: 30 minutes
Learner level: Introductory
These materials offer a first introduction to the topic of human-machine integration, with an overview of what it is and what it can mean for vocational learners and companies. This mini-course is the first part of a longer and more comprehensive skills-based learning module offered by Festo Didactic. Learners interested to know more about human-machine integration after this introduction, can visit the Festo Didactic website for further information on fee-based learning.
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Human Machine Integration Topical Fact Sheets
Estimated time investment: 1 hour
Learner level: Introductory to intermediate
These short topical fact sheets are made available by Volvo and delivered on their E-DIG platform. The learning resources include text and mixed audio-visual media to introduce topics including:
- YuMi – Collaborative robot
- Flexible production and next-generation employees
- My co-worker is a robot
- Levels of automation – cognitive and physical automation
- How can we make smart robots?
In addition, there are two case studies featured:
- Exoskeleton testing by Volvo Group Trucks Operations (Brazil)
- YuMI manufacturing sockets at ABB’s plant (Czech Republic)