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In the Social Networked Industry Man and Machine become a Team

By Michael ten Hompel | Fraunhofer IML – Whenever people have been speaking about the factory of the future in recent years, one picture ruled the discussion: the »factory empty of people«. The Social Networked Industry presents an alternative plan. »

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Improve Processes and Ergonomics with »MotionMining«

By Sascha Feldhorst | Fraunhofer IML – Within the context of the MotionMiners start-up initiative at Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, research demonstrates how machines can support people meaningfully. Automated activity recognition will improve both processes and ergonomics in intralogistics ­– a benefit for companies and employees alike. »

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Prospects for Work 4.0: How will we work in future?

By Hartmut Hirsch-Kreinsen | TU Dortmund University – It is without question that the increasing spread of digital technologies throughout the working world will cause sustainable consequences for industrial working processes. But does digitisation cause more unemployment or does it “upgrade” work? Two scenarios. »

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A Question of Mechanical Responsibility

By Carina Tüllmann | Fraunhofer IML – Modern technology is becoming more and more intelligent, it is mastering more and more complex tasks and even showing signs of taking on human traits. In view of this, cooperation between people and technology must be re-evaluated and redesigned. The Innovationlab Hybrid Services in Logistics wants to initiate a discourse in society as a whole about the subject of mechanical responsibility. »

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From smartglasses to drones: Where Logistics 4.0 becomes possible

By Arkadius Schier | Fraunhofer IML – IThe research and application centres form two testing grounds which, due to their full-scale digitization (»100% digitised factory but not empty of people«) can, for the first time, comprehensively explore, evaluate and further develop innovations for hybrid services and man-machine-interaction in practise-oriented industrial applications. »

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Transfer Projects: A Tandem Innovative Leap

By Andreas Nettsträter | Fraunhofer IML – Transferring knowledge and technology to companies is a significant pillar of the Innovationlab. So-called transfer projects aim specifically at small and medium-sized companies – and they soon pay off in many ways. »

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People or Technology? This question is not relevant!

By Peter Ittermann and Johannes Dregger | TU Dortmund University– A significant condition for the implementation of the Industry 4.0 project in terms of comprehensive system design is a socio-technical system approach. The design-oriented approach assumes that the implementation of new technologies induces organisational and personnel changes and generally requires that the entire system of performance in production and service is considered. »

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