In the future factories will be even more flexible than they are today. They will manufacture individual, one-off products and achieve higher levels of labour productivity. This will also intensify the demands made of workers. Modern augmented reality (AR) assistance systems are to be integrated as effectively as possible into these production and service processes in order to support employees. To this end, suitable virtual elements are to be provided in each specific working environment. The utilisation of AR in assistance systems is intended to improve ergonomics and, at the same time, gain acceptance for new production and service processes among users.
The aim of the secureAR collaborative research project is to investigate and develop innovative services in the industrial production environment. The results of research done in the AR field are to be translated into solutions that can be applied practically. A cloud-based service platform with open interfaces for various industrial sectors is to be made available for this purpose. The service platform will collect data along the whole value chain from planning to production processes and system maintenance. It will allow the localised, situational provision and visualisation of data with the aid of an innovative AR assistance system. The contribution made by the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) will consist in the development, trialling, and human factors analysis of solutions at the industrial enterprises that participate in the project. It is hoped the results will help ensure people are able to work safely, healthily, and competitively as digitalisation progresses.
This research and development project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) in context of the research programme “Internet-based Services for Complex Products, Production Processes and Production Systems (Smart Services)” (Funding Code FKZ 02K18D011) and is coordinated by the project management agency Karlsruhe (Projektträger Karlsruhe, PTKA).
Unit 2.3 "Human Factors, Ergonomics"