Comfort Design in Human Robot Cooperative Tasks
Proper design of workplaces improves task quality, engagement, and productivity of people in fulfilling their daily job. In human-robot cooperation (HRC) assignments, a human gives flexibility to the system with having the pre-developed skills. Moreover, using robots brings the possibility to support human for boring, repetitive, and heavy tasks. In this work, we introduce and experiment a set of factors used to design an HRC environment and modify these factors to provide optimized comfort for diverse people working beside an industrial robot. The factors are divided into two groups (1) general, which is same for all users; (2) user-specific, which defers for various human. The paper aims to analyze the human physical and mental performance and comfort change in two experiments. During the case study, robot assists human to perform part of a truck engine assembly job.
KeywordsComfort zone Human factors Human robot cooperation Collaboration
Authors would like to thank Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation and Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation for the support of UNITY (2016-2019) project and the Academy of Finland for the project ‘Competitive funding to strengthen university research profiles’, decision number 310325.
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