Plenary Speaker 5
Professor Arto Reiman
University of Oulu
Topic: Human factors and ergonomics in manufacturing in the industry 4.0 context
Along with the technological development, industrial revolutions have also shaped human work. Right now, industries are experiencing the fourth wave of industrial revolution. This wave is characterized by a rapid technologization through which industrial companies have been transforming into smart factories with highly automatized and digitalized technology solutions. Development has been excessively technology and business oriented, yet we have also seen that it has affected human work. Physically demanding work tasks have been replaced by more complex work tasks with higher cognitive demands. Scientific literature has shown the evident need to better understand the human perspective in this sociotechnical complexity. Based on the visions for the upcoming industrial revolutions, like Industry 5.0, it is likely that this need is also of interest and topical in the future.
Within a multidisciplinary approach, we have examined technology transformation in this context from the human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) perspective. We have focused on organizational and individual capabilities needed when adopting new production technologies. We have paid particular interest to manufacturing companies’ capabilities to implement HF/E expertise and knowledge when sensing new opportunities for technological development, seizing these opportunities through design actions, and transforming them for practical use in their production systems.
In this plenary presentation, I will provide insights into our empirical findings and discuss the challenges confronted by the companies. In addition, I will discuss the benefits that can be achieved when HF/E is acknowledged. To facilitate strategic management level discussion, the findings are presented in a form of a road map.
"Along with the technological development, industrial revolutions have also shaped human work. Physically demanding work tasks have been replaced by more complex work tasks with higher cognitive demands. Scientific literature has shown the evident need to better understand the human perspective in this sociotechnical complexity. "
Arto Reiman (D.Sc. (Tech.) University of Oulu, Finland) is Adjunct Professor at the University of Oulu and works as a research team leader. His research team focuses on well-being at work and productivity under the discipline of Industrial Engineering and Management in the Faculty of Technology. During his career, Reiman has conducted research activities focusing on industrial work in Finnish, Nordic, and European contexts. In addition, Reiman has practical consulting experience in this area.
Dr. Reiman has over fifteen years of professional experience in occupational health and safety (OHS), well-being at work and their strategic management and development processes. He has OHS manager experience from a large municipality.
His research and consultation activities span construction, mining and quarrying, transport logistics, and metal industry. He has a deep understanding about safety, HFE and how they could be included in design and development processes in order to improve well-being at work and productivity.
Dr. Reiman is a Certified European Ergonomist. He was the President of the Finnish Ergonomics Society from 2019-2022. In addition, he has been in the Board for the Nordic Ergonomics and Human Factors Society for three years. Reiman has also participated in national ergonomics standardization activities for several years.
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Minister for Finance and Human Resources
Tamil Nadu, India
Professor Sidney W.A. Dekker
Professor David C. Caple
La Trobe University
Dr. Sarita Dara
Civil Aviation Authority
Professor Arto Reiman
University of Oulu Malaysia
Professor Andrew Thatcher
University of the Witwatersrand
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