Title

Modelling of Human-Machine Interaction in Equipment Design of Manufacturing Cells

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2016

Publication Source

Enterprise Information Systems

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

ISBN/ISSN

1751-7583

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This paper proposes a systematic approach to model human–machine interactions (HMIs) in supervisory control of machining operations; it characterises the coexistence of machines and humans for an enterprise to balance the goals of automation/productivity and flexibility/agility. In the proposed HMI model, an operator is associated with a set of behavioural roles as a supervisor for multiple, semi-automated manufacturing processes. The model is innovative in the sense that (1) it represents an HMI based on its functions for process control but provides the flexibility for ongoing improvements in the execution of manufacturing processes; (2) it provides a computational tool to define functional requirements for an operator in HMIs. The proposed model can be used to design production systems at different levels of an enterprise architecture, particularly at the machine level in a production system where operators interact with semi-automation to accomplish the goal of ‘autonomation’ – automation that augments the capabilities of human beings.

Keywords

Human–machine interaction (HMI), lean manufacturing, axiomatic design (AD), enterprise information systems, production system design (PSD), design methodologies, equipment design (ED), manufacturing cell design

Disciplines

Engineering

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