Operator 4.0 research network

 Industry 5.0 - bring back the human worker into the semi-automated systems.

Behind the HUN-REN- PE Complex Systems Monitoring Research Lab, we call for research and industrial partners to a human-centric shop floor solution to make worthwhile production from economic and human sides. The University of Pannonia (Hungary) is committed to collaborating between the automation systems and the workers to get a more supportive and productive environment for people on the manufacturing shop floors.  

Manufacturing companies face two major trends affecting their business: automatization and collaboration. After the first wave of digitization, new and modernized technologies such as integrated sensors, advanced robotics, and artificial intelligence led to the so-called Smart Manufacturing as part of Industry 4.0 (I4.0). The collaboration between the human operators and machines are completed, thanks to the collaborative robots. 

The companies have realized that they still need humans at the shop floor besides high-level automation. This realization creates a new generation of the industrial revolution. Industry 5.0 (I5.0) brings back human workers to the factory floors. The Fifth Industrial Revolution will pair humans and machines to utilize human creativity further to increase process efficiency by combining workflows with intelligent systems. While the primary concern in I4.0 is about automation, I5.0 will be a synergy between humans and autonomous machines.

The I5.0 concept is not a step back from I4.0; instead, it wants to handle the limitations of I4.0. The complete automation works perfectly in greenfield investment and series production, but it fails when it cannot be robotized for all production steps. The trend in robotics is to get more and more collaborative robots and industrial automation to make a collaborative space. “People in manufacturing are accustomed to collaborative robots ("cobots") that work around or together with humans. There's a newer trend involving mobile cobots — lightweight and compact enough to move between worksites or areas of factories.”*

Add your expertise and collaborate to re-imagine manufacturing through a digital transformation that supports a good and beneficial product for all of us. As researchers, we have the obligation and the excellent opportunity to shape these changes and challenges.

Get in touch – contact Dr. Tamás Ruppert with your ideas and enquiries.

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