15th World Textile Conference AUTEX 2015
Industrie 4.0 means digitization and automation of production processes. Nonetheless, the intelligent factory lives and functions only through the interaction of people working in it. This interface between man and machine is also one of the research areas of the Cluster of Excellence “Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries”. Marco Saggiomo, research assistant at the Institut für Textiltechnik at RWTH Aachen University, represented the CoE at the 15th World Textile Conference AUTEX from 9 to 12 June 2015 in Bucharest, Romania. Saggiomo works in the research field of Self-optimizing Production Systems, concentrating on the self-optimized weaving process. He spoke about the topic: “Influence of human factors on cognitive textile production”. This concerns the question how the human factor has to – and can - be integrated regarding to the technical developments in Industrie 4.0. The interaction between man and machine is, for example, in view of demographic chances very important in the operability of new systems. Older employees have the necessary expertise in processes compared to younger, but they often have problems to overcome their inhibitions about technical developments. In order for Industrie 4.0 and for the development of new technologies to succeed, it is fundamental to take users into account.