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The future of intelligent manufacturing systems and human factors

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Author: Vink, P. · Stahre, J.
Publisher: Elsevier
Place: Oxford
Institution: TNO Kwaliteit van Leven
Source:Pikaar, R.N.Koningsveld, E.A.P.Settels, P.J.M., IEA 2006, 16th World Congress on Ergonomics "Meeting diversity in ergonomics"
Identifier: 277912
Keywords: Ergonomics · Arbeidsproductiviteit


In this paper the results of a 3 year European project are described. In this project 20 experts in the field of human factors define the most promising way of using the European work force in manufacturing in the future. Based on discussions between the experts and participating companies and literature, research needs for the coming 10 years with regard to human factors in manufacturing are described. Based on these data it is discussed that in the coming years research attention is needed on: optimal functioning of humans, participative simulation, and systems that support flexibility in manufacturing.