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Framework and practical guidelines for creating a current state analysis for (re)designing an HMI within the Industry 4.0 era. Case study

Nikolova, K. (2022) Framework and practical guidelines for creating a current state analysis for (re)designing an HMI within the Industry 4.0 era. Case study.

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Abstract:The successful integration of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) technologies in the manufacturing sector depend on the appropriate consideration of all relevant factors at the beginning stages of a new development project. As I4.0 is an ideology that spans all levels of an organization, the implementation of solutions requires the cooperation between humans and technology in the environment of an organization. The HTO (human, technology, and organization) factors are significant for HMIs (human-machine interface), as the machine’s operability directly depends on their correct interaction. Thus for the successful development of HMI in the I4.0 era, an understanding of the existing state of an organization is needed. In current academia, there is a recognized need for incorporating the human factor into I4.0 solutions, as it is observed that many of the most widely-used development frameworks lack this human-centricity. In addition, researchers call for more practice-oriented guidelines for applying the frameworks in real life. The aim of the thesis is to create a framework for the research stage of HMI development in I4.0 era, supplemented with practical methodologies for its implementation in organizations. This thesis has been done in a Dutch machine manufacturing company, and a case study has been conducted to apply and evaluate the usability of the proposed framework. The thesis uses the design science research methodology, where the designer answers question relevant to human problems via the creation of innovative artefacts, which are both useful and fundamental for understanding the problem. The framework is based on requirements, which have been developed through academic literature research. The goal of the framework is to assist and guide decision-makers in creating a holistic and comprehensive view of the relevant aspects of developing an HMI. The additional proposed methods for acquiring the information are focused on user-centric design and systematic research and documentation, which can aid organizations in applying the framework in real life. The validity of the framework is tested in a case study for an HMI redesign. The evaluated findings highlight the value of the framework and the suggested methodologies, but also point to some gaps and call for further research.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Tembogroup B.V., Kampen, Netherlands
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:06 documentary information, 50 technical science in general, 52 mechanical engineering
Programme:Industrial Design Engineering MSc (66955)
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