The operator of the future – a key to competitive industry in a future information society
Paper in proceedings, 2012

Increased global competition and forthcoming demographic changes is expected for the Swedish industry. The process and manufacturing industry needs to develop solutions that can provide increased flexibility and production efficiency. A key for the future competitiveness is the operator of the future who works closest to the value adding processes. In the project “The operator of the future”, “Framtidsoperatören” in Swedish, the overall aim is to increase the competiveness of Swedish industry by developing an advanced toolbox that meets future needs. In a pre-study, the tasks and needs of the operator of the future were investigated through workshops with 25 representatives from 15 Swedish process and manufacturing industries and system developers. The results had similarities across industries and suggest solutions that support communication, control and constant learning. The tools should be intuitive and situation adapted with use of strengthened senses. These results give the direction for a continued development of a future toolbox. Through a combination of new supporting technologies and new ways of collaboration the operators of the future might find their work more interesting, stimulating, and developing, leading to enhanced competiveness of Swedish industry.

industry operator

competitive production

future tools

Author

Camilla Grane

Lena Abrahamsson

Jonas Andersson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Design and Human Factors

Cecilia Berlin

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Åsa Fasth Berglund

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Jan Johansson

Johan Stahre

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Anna-Lisa Osvalder

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Design and Human Factors

Swedish Production Symposium, SPS12

Subject Categories

Other Engineering and Technologies

Interaction Technologies

Areas of Advance

Production

ISBN

978-91-7519-752-4