Increasing the Support to Humans in Factory Environments Using a Smart Glove: An Evaluation

Constantin Scheuermann, Maximilian Strobel, Bernd Bruegge, Stephan Verclas

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Abstract

Humans are an essential part of the manufacturing domain. In factory environments the support to humans can offer benefits. Such benefits can for example be monetary as processes are accelerated, time can be saved. Benefits can also be ergonomic improvements offering hands-free operations during daily tasks. Hands-free operations are of special interest in case both hands are needed during a task. Lifting heavy parts is a typical scenario during commissioning processes that can impede necessary scanning processes. Currently, handheld scanners are used in many industries during commissioning processes. The disadvantage of such scanners is that during the usage, the worker is left with only one free hand. In this publication we conducted a quantitative, qualitative user study, compared three variants during a typical commissioning process. We used a smart textile that integrates the scanning unit into a glove from our project partner, extended it. We developed two smart glove variants in combination with a smartwatch application. One variant offers a semi, the other one a totally hands-free operation during the commissioning process. We compared it to one of the smallest, commercially available scanning handheld devices. Our results show that the developed approaches offer benefits concerning the support to humans, reduce the physical fatigue of the arms, hands, fingers, increase the user acceptance. We show that the time variance while using the smart glove variants is smaller compared to the handheld variant. Also the amount of errors is reduced by 66% percent. The proposed approaches are promising, we are already in contact with partners from the aviation, automotive domain to further improve our proposed variants.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 13th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing, 13th IEEE International Conference on Advanced and Trusted Computing, 16th IEEE International Conference on Scalable Computing and Communications, IEEE International Conference on Cloud and Big Data Computing, IEEE International Conference on Internet of People and IEEE Smart World Congress and Workshops, UIC-ATC-ScalCom-CBDCom-IoP-SmartWorld 2016
EditorsDidier El Baz, Julien Bourgeois
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages847-854
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781509027705
DOIs
StatePublished - 12 Jan 2017
Event13th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing, 13th IEEE International Conference on Advanced and Trusted Computing, 16th IEEE International Conference on Scalable Computing and Communications, IEEE International Conference on Cloud and Big Data Computing, IEEE International Conference on Internet of People and IEEE Smart World Congress and Workshops, UIC-ATC-ScalCom-CBDCom-IoP-SmartWorld 2016 - Toulouse, France
Duration: 18 Jul 201621 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - 13th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing, 13th IEEE International Conference on Advanced and Trusted Computing, 16th IEEE International Conference on Scalable Computing and Communications, IEEE International Conference on Cloud and Big Data Computing, IEEE International Conference on Internet of People and IEEE Smart World Congress and Workshops, UIC-ATC-ScalCom-CBDCom-IoP-SmartWorld 2016

Conference

Conference13th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing, 13th IEEE International Conference on Advanced and Trusted Computing, 16th IEEE International Conference on Scalable Computing and Communications, IEEE International Conference on Cloud and Big Data Computing, IEEE International Conference on Internet of People and IEEE Smart World Congress and Workshops, UIC-ATC-ScalCom-CBDCom-IoP-SmartWorld 2016
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityToulouse
Period18/07/1621/07/16

Keywords

  • Human-Centric Cyber-Physical System
  • Scanning Processes
  • Smart Glove

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