In recent years, manufacturing aimed at increasing flexibility while maintaining productivity for satisfying emerging market needs for higher product customization. Human Robot Collaboration (HRC) is a promising way of achieving this balance by combining the improvisation and dexterity of humans with robots’ tireless precision and repeatability.
However, collaborative robotics developments have focused primarily on the technology and, until recently, little research has been geared to understand the key human factors that need to be considered to enable successful implementation of industrial HRC.
This training session, the second of a series of training workshops organised by the Sharework project, was focused on Human Factor approaches in collaborative robotics from several perspectives. Contents of this session responded to how to develop a more human-centered design for the factory of the future, including ergonomic and posture assessments, methodologies to ensure adaptability and acceptance of collaborative robotics solutions in the workplace, the use of Augmented Reality for operator training and technology for a seamless interaction between humans and cobots.