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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 number: F 2421 Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) Status: Ongoing Project Planned end: 2020-03-31


The project StahlAssist addresses a design of working systems in the steel industry and cooperating SMEs that promotes the health and learning processes of people by the application of available smart devices as work assistance. New approaches of collaborative work between different disciplines, hierarchical levels and organizations with various sizes will be tested on maintenance tasks. The interdisciplinary know-how of experts, which is available in the enterprises, will be used to improve the industrial safety and health on the one hand and to support the participative design of assistance system applications on the other hand.

In this project a high significance is attributed to the appreciation of particular know-how of elderly employees in the working process, especially in technical working systems with an increasing complexity. Thereby, the simplification of problem-solving processes, the prevention of time-consuming and cost- intensive errors and the joint validation of experience based know-how will be promoted. As potential assistance systems mobile display technologies like HMD, Tablet-PCs or smartphones as well as combinations of it will be investigated. The chosen assistance systems will be adapted on the working conditions of the steel industry, methodically attached on the process of documenting and using the available know-how and integrated in the organizational structures.

The research and development project is funded under project No. 02L15A143 within the scope of the program "Zukunft der Arbeit" run by the Federal Ministry for Education and the European Social Fund (ESF) and is managed by the project management agency Karlsruhe (PTKA).

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