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Integrated human and automation systems

: Spath, D.; Braun, M.; Bauer, W.


Nof, S.Y.:
Springer handbook of automation
Berlin: Springer, 2009
ISBN: 978-3-540-78830-0
ISBN: 978-3-540-78831-7
Aufsatz in Buch
Fraunhofer IAO ()

Over the last few decades, automation has developed into a central technological strategy. Automation technologies augment human life in many different fields. However, after having an unrealistic vision of fully automated production, we came to the realization that automation would never be able to replace man completely, but rather support him in his work. A contemporary model is the human-oriented design of an automated man-machine system. Here, the technology helps man to accomplish his tasks and enables him at the same time to expand his capacities.
In addition to traditional usage in industrial process automation nowadays automation technology supports man through the help of smarter, so to speak, better linked, efficient, miniaturized systems. In order to facilitate the interaction taking place between man and machine, functionality and usability are stressed.
In addition to basic knowledge, examples of use, and development prospects, this chapter will present strategies, procedures, methods, and rules regarding human-oriented and integrative design of automated man-machine systems.