MANufacturing through ergonoMic and safe Anthropocentric aDaptive workplacEs for context aware factories in EUROPE

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Summary
The MAN-MADE project aims at defining new socially sustainable workplaces where the human dimension is a key cornerstone. Workers are foreseen at the centre of the factory, on the one hand, in terms of workplace adaptation (and production planning, at large) to skills, expertise and characteristic of each single worker and, on the other hand, in terms of capability to make the most out of worker’s knowledge and potentials across all age groups and different roles, simultaneously fostering enhanced worker’s safety. Moreover MAN-MADE promotes the vision of an effective integration of this anthropocentric factory within the social environment toward the implementation of context-aware factories that promotes and take advantage of extended services to the workers in terms of accessibility, inclusiveness, efficiency and work satisfaction. The context aware anthropocentric manufacturing model promoted by the project will be demonstrated by pilot implementations in the Transportation industry (Alstom) and in the White-goods sector (Whirlpool), two European industrial sectors of excellence. The project concepts will e also tested in the Factory of the Future lab available at the Polytechnic of Milan. Expected benefits from the MAN-MADE project will have a huge impact on the productivity rate due to an enhanced use of human resources and reduction of accidents, and will leverage on the high number of workers involved in the white-good and transportation sector. The MAN-MADE project will contribute to the achievement of best in class performance, making available advanced anthropocentric workplace technologies, that also support a considerable improvement of worker integration in the social environment. The MAN-MADE impact is also guaranteed by the influence and relevance of the project actors such as Whirlpool (with more than 14.000 workers) and Alstom (with more than 92.000 workers worldwide).
More information
Website: www.man-made.eu
Duration: 36 months
Start date: 01-09-2013
End date: 31-08-2016
Number of participants: 9
Total budget - EC contribution: 5491586 Euro - 3668817 Euro
Call topic: Workplaces of the future: the new people-centred production site (FoF.NMP.2013-3)
Instrument: Collaborative project (generic)
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Use Case Requirements and Lessons Learned - (No information available)  

Challenges - (8)  

      1. Comment: By acting on many levels, including skill-driven job allocation, enhanced production line balancing, ergonomic workplace design, the project promotes many advancements pointing at improved workforce productiviy.
      1. Comment: The whole project aims at enhancing the workforce condition by promoting workplace adaptation to skills, expertise and characteristics of each single worker and, on the other hand, in terms of capability to make the most out of worker’s knowledge and potentials across all age groups and different roles, simultaneously fostering enhanced worker’s safety.
      1. Comment: By assessing environmental sustainability in relation to the decision-making process within factory organization as well as in the provision of worker-centric services, the project supports environmental-aware actions.
      2. Comment: By assessing environmental sustainability in relation to the decision-making process within factory organization as well as in the provision of worker-centric services, the project supports environmental-aware actions.

Technologies and enablers - (No information available)  

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Research priorities - (9)  

        1. Comment: MAN-MADE adopts the use of cobots as one of the means for achieving the adaptive workplace of the future.
      1. Comment: MAN-MADE develops tools for the design of management of production systems that take into account, as a primary focus, the human dimension.
    1. Comment: The MAN-MADE project aims at defining new socially sustainable workplaces where the human dimension is a key cornerstone.
      1. Comment: Workers are foreseen at the centre of the factory, on the one hand, in terms of workplace adaptation (and production planning, at large) to skills, expertise and characteristic of each single worker and, on the other hand, in terms of capability to make the most out of worker’s knowledge and potentials across all age groups and different roles, simultaneously fostering enhanced worker’s safety.
      2. Comment: Moreover MAN-MADE promotes the vision of an effective integration of this anthropocentric factory within the social environment toward the implementation of context-aware factories that promotes and take advantage of extended services to the workers in terms of accessibility, inclusiveness, efficiency and work satisfaction.

Diverse - (No information available)