Adaptive Automation in Assembly For BLUE collar workers satisfaction in Evolvable context


The Project

The main objective of this 3-year project is the development and evaluation of a new generation of sustainable and adaptive workplaces dealing with the evolving requirements of manufacturing processes and human variability. A4BLUE will introduce adaptive automation mechanisms for an efficient and flexible execution of tasks, ensuring a constant and safe human-machine interaction as well as advanced and personalised worker assistance systems including virtual/augmented reality and knowledge management capabilities to support them in the assembly and training related activities. Furthermore, A4BLUE will provide methods and tools to determine the optimal degree of automation of the new assembly processes by combining and balancing social and economic criteria to maximize long term worker satisfaction and overall process performance.

Aims and goals

  • Adaptability by providing an open, secure, configurable, scalable and interoperable adaptation management and assistance system.
  • Interaction by providing a set of safe, easy to use, intuitive, personalized and context aware multimodal human-automation interaction mechanisms.
  • Sustainability by providing methods and tolos to determine the optimal degree of automation of the new assembly processes that combine and balance social and economic criteria to maximize long term worker satisfaction and overall performance.
More information
Duration: 36 months
Start date: 01-10-2016
End date: 30-09-2019
Number of participants: 9
Total budget - EC contribution: 4179063 Euro - 4179063 Euro
Call topic: Continuous adaptation of work environments with changing levels of automation in evolving production systems (FoF.2016.04)
Instrument: Collaborative project (generic)

Added value and impact - (5) view


      Working on an adaptive automation that meets changing production environment and human variability, automation that is introduced assessing sustainability (economic and social) aspects.


      Adaptive on-the-job assistance and guiding personalised to workers' profiles and skills thorugh Augmented Reality interfaces


      Adaptive automation are introduced after the corresponding safety risk assessment which guarantees a safe productive environment. Such adaptiveness, new ways of human interaction (commanding through natural speaking and gestures) and assistance and guidance in the productive tasks via augmented reality make factory easier to interact with and more satisfactory to workers.

      Active safety features are included to avoid risks in the collaboration of workers and automation.

Technologies and enablers - (10) view


    A4BLUE enables the transference of knowledge among workers and from the organization to the workers as well, including best practives, instructions, tips from workers, etc., which is integrated within the ICT infrastructure for production.

Digitalisation pathways - (No information available)

Use Case Requirements and Lessons Learned - (No information available)

ICT performance characteristics - (10) view


    Security and privacy risk assessment to identify countermeasures to be included in the A4BLUE framework.


    Safety risk assessment has been performed to identify countermeasures to be included in the A4BLUE framework. Active safety components have been developed for automation mechanisms.

Standards, standardisation and regulation - (1) view


    A complete review of related standards have been carried out.

    Contribution to standardization is being analysed.

    Technical developments are using several standards (OPC UA, B2MML...).

    For integration with automation mechanisms OPC UA standard is used.

    The Virtual Asset Representation is based on B2MML (Business to Manufacturing Markup Language) (ISA-95 standard)


Business model aspects - (No information available)

Diverse - (1) view


    A cluster among FOF4-2016 projects (A4BLUE, FACTORY2FIT, HUMAN, INCLUSIVE, MANUWORK) has been created for sharing of technical views and common dissemination activities. Regular dissemination teleconferences are being held. A common newsletter has been produced and a workshop to present all projects was held during the first year of the project.

    Besides, a collaboration with SATISFACTORY project has been taken place during the initial conception of the A4BLUE Virtual Asset Representation.

    A4BLUE was present at the final review and parallel workshop organized bt SATISFACTORY.