The smart manufacture is considered a key element for keeping European leadership in the industry sector. As matter of fact, machines are becoming more and more complex and performant to fulfill user’s requests for higher flexibility and quality of the goods and products.
Hence, factories today need smarter machines that implement advanced functions, such as fault diagnosis and fast recovery, fine-tuning of process parameters to optimize environmental resources, the fast reconfiguration of the machines to adapt to production change, etc.
Despite high levels of automation of machines and robots, human operators still work in close cooperation with them to control and supervise the basic and the advanced functions. Human operators interact with machines and robots by means of user interfaces that are the modern cockpit of any production plant. For example, they set up machine production parameters, identify and solve faults, coordinate machine and robot re-configuration to enable adaptation to product changes.
These activities are all performed by means of computerized Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) that are inevitably becoming more and more complex as new functions are implemented by the production system.
In this new scenario, human operators experience many difficulties to interact efficiently with the machine; this is particularly true for middle age workers who feel uncomfortable in the interaction with a complex computerized system, even if they have a great experience about the underlying process.
On the other hand, complex HMIs commanding machine and robot functions might create a barrier to young inexperienced or disabled people for an effective management of the production lines.
INCLUSIVE project targets to develop methodologies and technologies to include all the individuals with their background and cognitive capabilities in a smart working environment, making easier the interaction with complex machines.
Therefore, in order to enable European enterprises and SMEs to face the increasing gap between machine complexity and user capabilities, the INCLUSIVE project aims at developing smart and innovative HMIs.