Portable Rapid Visual Workflow Simulation Tool for Human Robot Coproduction

Rado Dukalski, Argun Çençen, Doris Aschenbrenner, Jouke Verlinden*

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Within the European Factory-in-a-day project, the aim is to improve communication between automation integrator and factory owner, in their analysis of feasibility and appropriateness of automating a manual task. A visualisation tool with preconfigured workflows and working principles, with specific focus on efficient human-robot coproduction workflows can improve this process. This paper describes the Workflow Simulation Tool, which is part of the Human-Robot Coproduction Methodology, currently in development. The tool encompasses a portable tablet PC, which runs a visual modelling environment combined with a handheld 3D scanning solution. The tool also features pre-modelled template layouts, implementation of a checklist of persistent notes and portable visual documentation. The tool's appropriateness was iteratively validated in collaboration with automation integrators. This evaluation showed that offering an interactive visual simulation enriches the dialogue during conceptual design and helps in revealing requirements that otherwise only appear during or after implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-197
Number of pages13
JournalProcedia Manufacturing
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event27th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing: FAIM2017 - Modena, Italy
Duration: 27 Jun 201730 Jun 2017

Bibliographical note

Special issue: 27th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing


  • front loading
  • Industry 4.0
  • simulation and design
  • visual components


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