Augmented Worker 150
This class covers the advanced technology used to augment workers' abilities in a smart manufacturing environment. With the increasing complexity of automation, humans need to be more connected in order to stay central to manufacturing processes. Worker assistance systems and augmenting technologies are empowering employees and improving human productivity to provide organizations with better safety and more intelligent operations.
The connected worker uses augmenting technologies such as worker guidance, smart sensors, augmented reality (AR), and artificial intelligence (AI) to give them the tools they need to be more agile, make more informed decisions, and reduce human error. After completing this class, users will have a better understanding of the role of the augmented worker and the technologies that support them.
Number of Lessons 11
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- Factory Automation
- Worker Considerations in Manufacturing
- Worker Assistance Systems
- The Connected Worker
- Worker Assistance Review
- Augmenting Technologies: Sensors
- Augmenting Technologies: Worker Guidance
- Augmenting Technologies: Enterprise Augmented Reality
- Augmenting Technologies: AI Assistance
- Considerations for Augmentation
- Augmenting Technologies Review
- Describe automation and the factory employee.
- Identify common challenges related to manual tasks in manufacturing.
- Describe worker assistance systems.
- Describe the human role in automation.
- Describe sensors as an augmenting technology.
- Describe technology used to assist worker tasks.
- Describe enterprise augmented reality.
- Describe artificial intelligence for the connected worker.
- List the benefits and limitations of adopting augmenting technologies.
A device that translates a digital signal into physical action. Actuators are located in robots and industrial machines.
AM. The process of joining or solidifying materials to make an object based on a three-dimensional computer model. Additive manufacturing methods typically build up layers of material to create an object.
Artificial intelligence. A computer program with algorithms that enable a machine or computer to imitate intelligent human behavior. AI allows machines to perform a process with autonomy.
AI. A computer program with algorithms that enable a machine or computer to imitate intelligent human behavior. Artificial intelligence allows machines to perform a process with autonomy.
AR. A technology that superimposes a computer-generated visual on a view of the real world. Augmented reality methods may be used during product design to allow remotely located designers to view a product model.
Hardware and software used to improve how employees perform their jobs. Augmented technologies are integrated into the worker's environment and allow workers to better perform tasks.
A worker who is integrated into their environment by connective technologies. The augmented worker, or connected worker, has data flowing to and from them.
Run by a preprogrammed mechanical system with little to no human intervention. Automated machines can help increase the efficiency of a process.
Self-governing. Autonomous systems can be configured to make decisions independent of human interaction.
A robot designed to interact with humans in a shared workspace. A cobot, or collaborative robot, can be programmed to learn a specific task in order to assist humans.
Involving conscious intellectual activity. Cognitive assistance systems support thinking, reasoning, and remembering.
cognitive assistance systems
A worker assistance system that extends cognitive capabilities. Cognitive assistance systems help workers quickly acquire complex skills or learn at their own pace.
A robot designed to interact with humans in a shared workspace. A collaborative robot, or cobot, can be programmed to learn a specific task in order to assist humans.
A worker who is integrated into their environment by connective technologies. The connected worker, or augmented worker, has data flowing to and from them.
Protection against criminal or unauthorized access to computer networks, programs, and data. Cybersecurity has become a major industrial concern as networking and connectivity have increased.
A set of computer instructions used to investigate and analyze the cause or nature of errors or failures. Diagnostics tell the operator or technician how the system is performing.
digital work instructions
An electronic document that describes how to perform specific activities and tasks within an organization. Digital work instructions provide detailed information in an interactive way.
enterprise augmented reality
Enterprise AR. A business technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a view of the real world. Enterprise augmented reality methods provide technicians a guided view of different manufacturing processes.
A device that detects or measures a property in the environment and records, indicates, or otherwise responds to it. Environmental sensors can indicate hazardous temperatures or air quality.
Designed to decrease operator discomfort or fatigue and increase productivity. Ergonomic concerns include force, posture, and repetition.
The difference between a measured value and its correct value. Errors can increase costs and safety issues.
A type of clothing or mechanical structure outfitted with sensors that provides physical assistance. Exosuits can provide operators with added physical strength while also relieving them of stress.
Technology that identifies the real-world geographic location of a person or object. Geolocation trackers make it possible to monitor the position of humans, machines, or inventory in real time.
Industrial Internet of Things. A network of physical devices used in manufacturing that contain computing systems that allow them to send and receive data. The IIoT allows devices to exchange data and automate processes without any human intervention.
Industrial Internet of Things
IIoT. A network of physical devices used in manufacturing that contain computing systems that allow them to send and receive data. The Industrial Internet of Things allows devices to exchange data and automate processes without any human intervention.
information control loop
A system used to monitor and send sensor and device data to process controllers. Information control loops provide data to better inform and execute processes.
A field of light that stops a machine when the light is blocked by an object. Light curtains prevent mechanical parts from striking workers and equipment.
ML. The process that enables a digital system to analyze data in order to build predictive models. Machine learning systematically solves problems using highly complex algorithms.
The technology used to extract information from an image to assist with automated manufacturing tasks. Machine vision is used for inspection, process control, and robot guidance.
A device that detects motion. Motion sensors can prevent collision-type accidents.
A group of systems and devices connected to one another through wired or wireless connections. Digital networks allow data to transfer electronically from one location to another.
personal protective equipment
PPE. Any clothing or device worn to minimize exposure to hazards and prevent injury. Personal protective equipment may include eye and ear protection, safety footwear, gloves, and other devices.
physical assistance systems
A worker assistance system that extends physical capabilities. Physical assistance systems can add physical strength to a worker.
The use of data to predict future events. Predictive analytics allow manufacturers to make informed decisions to address things like future supply needs, machine maintenance, and customer demand.
The near-instantaneous interval of time that computers require to process data. Real time is virtually the same as actual time because computers process data nearly immediately.
A connection that is intended to provide technical support from a distance. Remote assistance provides a technician with resources and guidance from an expert in the field.
A field of technology that is focused on programmable mechanical devices. Robotics enable robots to do the work of a person with a higher degree of accuracy.
root cause analysis
A study undertaken to determine the true origin of a problem. Root cause analysis focuses on identifying a problem's root cause, as opposed to any resulting symptoms or effects.
A device that detects a change in a physical stimulus and turns it into a signal that can be measured or recorded. Sensors allow robots and other devices to interact with their environment and monitor operations.
Relating to the senses or sensation. Sensory assistance systems support a worker's ability to detect motion or the presence of objects.
sensory assistance systems
A worker assistance system that extends sensing capabilities. Sensory assistance systems help workers stay safe when working in the vicinity of industrial robots.
smart personal protective equipment
Smart PPE. Any clothing or device that uses computing technology to alert the wearer to potential hazards. Smart personal protective equipment may use visual, audible, or other sensory alerts to warn the wearer of potential dangers.
A device equipped with software that can detect physical changes in the environment and process them as digital signals. Smart sensors are more advanced than normal digital sensors since they use their own computing software to process data rather than sending the data to an external system to be processed.
standard operating procedures
SOPs. A document describing an organization's routine processes. Standard operating procedures contain a moderate amount of detail about the techniques and equipment used to create a set of work instructions for employees to follow.
subject matter experts
SMEs. A person with expertise in a specific area. Subject matter experts ensure that a task or operation is conducted accurately and with proper information.
A network of organizations that exchange resources, such as materials and information, to deliver products to customers. Supply chains consist of a manufacturer, its suppliers, its distributors, and its customers.
The rate of production for a process over a specific amount of time. Throughput can be optimized with smart manufacturing.
The ability to verify the history, application, or location of an item using data. Traceability throughout the entire product lifecycle can be ensured by the data from worker guidance systems and software.
The difference between the intended outcome of an action or procedure in a production process and the actual result. Variability can cause undesired variations in products, leading to waste or extra costs.
A device that collects data and forms an image. Vision systems send images to a computer to determine an appropriate position or to see an object.
A category of smart devices that people can wear on the body. Wearable technology can track and transmit data created by personnel.
A document that describes how to perform specific activities and tasks within an organization. Work instructions provide detailed information about how to perform each step of a job.
worker assistance systems
A cognitive, physical, or sensory support systems that enhance employee performance. Worker assistance systems improve an employee's ability to perform their job.
Technology that assists the worker in performing tasks. Worker guidance provides visual or audio aids to help a worker perform complex operations.
Hardware and software used to improve how employees perform their jobs. Augmenting technologies are integrated into the worker's environment and allow workers to better perform tasks.
An employee who works on a production line. Frontline workers are most affected by augmenting technology.