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Object-related tasks

The creation of objects-related value in the face of digital change

Whether it is the assembly of a machine, the delivery of a package, or surveillance at a construction site: work on and using objects is the focus here. How are these tasks being changed by digitalisation?

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Object-related tasks are essentially characterised by the fact that objects are either the result, the item of processing or the item of action. The result of object-related tasks is usually tangible. The tasks encountered here include the manufacturing and processing of objects as well as the delivery, securing or cleaning of objects.

This field of activity includes unskilled, semi-skilled support tasks, as well as tasks at the skilled- or university degree level. The results of object-related tasks range from creative, individual solutions through to highly standardised results.

Many projects are currently investigating the possibilities of digital technologies for supporting employed persons in object-related tasks.

Approach

The research in this area consists of the following steps:

Step 1

Analysing the current state of knowledge through literature reviews and summary in the form of a systematic review

Step 2

  • Identification of relevant groups of employees for further consideration
  • Grouping criteria: the type and extent of the digitalisation, working conditions, specific characteristics of the employees (for instance, openness to digital technologies, existing competencies)
  • Per group: evaluation of whether digital technologies can improve the working conditions in this field

Step 3

Development of forward-looking, task-specific guiding principles for object-related tasks based on the overriding criteria of human-centred work in the digital world of work

Step 4

Finally, further requirements surrounding the need for action and design will be derived from the overview of the groups investigated, taking the work in the programme components "Monitoring the digital world of work" and "OSH systems in the digital world of work" into account.

Publications

Research Projects

Project numberF 2501 StatusOngoing Project Object-related tasks

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Project numberF 2396 StatusCompleted Project Digital Ergonomics: Virtual anthropometry for safe and ergonomic product and work system design

Find out more : Digital Ergonomics: Virtual anthropometry for safe and ergonomic product and work system design …

Project numberF 2412 StatusCompleted Project Interactive personalized visualization in industrial processes using the example of the digital factory in electronics manufacturing (Glass@Service)

Find out more : Interactive personalized visualization in industrial processes using the example of the digital factory in electronics manufacturing (Glass@Service) …

Project numberF 2413 StatusOngoing Project Implementation of human-centred cyber-physical systems (MyCPS) - Safe and healthy work and technology design

Find out more : Implementation of human-centred cyber-physical systems (MyCPS) - Safe and healthy work and technology design …

Project numberF 2418 StatusOngoing Project Human-centered design of human-robot-interaction; Project 3 "Human-Robot-Interaction and assistance systems - task allocation in Smart Factories"

Find out more : Human-centered design of human-robot-interaction; Project 3 "Human-Robot-Interaction and assistance systems - task allocation in Smart Factories" …

Project numberF 2419 StatusOngoing Project Work assistance system for the individualization of work organization and training methods (AIM) - Development and validation a method for supplying context-sensitive information in production

Find out more : Work assistance system for the individualization of work organization and training methods (AIM) - Development and validation a method for supplying context-sensitive information in production …

Project numberF 2420 StatusCompleted Project Preventive principles and methods of aging compatible and market-driven work system design in intralogistics (PREVILOG)

Find out more : Preventive principles and methods of aging compatible and market-driven work system design in intralogistics (PREVILOG) …

Project numberF 2421 StatusOngoing Project Overall project: Didactical design and human factors evaluation of work assistance systems for a reliable behaviour in complex situations in the steel industry (StahlAssist)

Find out more : Overall project: Didactical design and human factors evaluation of work assistance systems for a reliable behaviour in complex situations in the steel industry (StahlAssist) …

Project numberF 2433 StatusOngoing Project Hybrid and intelligent human-robot-collaboration - hybrid teams in adaptable, cyber-physical manufacturing environments (Hybr-iT)

Find out more : Hybrid and intelligent human-robot-collaboration - hybrid teams in adaptable, cyber-physical manufacturing environments (Hybr-iT) …

Project numberF 2434 StatusOngoing Project Elevator use and room entry for robots involving human assistance (FRAME) - Human-centered interaction concepts in occupational settings (MIkA)

Find out more : Elevator use and room entry for robots involving human assistance (FRAME) - Human-centered interaction concepts in occupational settings (MIkA) …

Project numberF 2446 StatusOngoing Project Digital Ergonomics – Developing a method for analysis, visualization and long-term usage of complex anthropometric data for product and work-system design

Find out more : Digital Ergonomics – Developing a method for analysis, visualization and long-term usage of complex anthropometric data for product and work-system design …

Project numberF 2463 StatusOngoing Project Autonomous Robots for Assistance Functions: Interactive Basic Skills (ARAIG)

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