Efficient and error-free human-machine interaction
With the increasing use of technology and automation in commercial machinery, the operation of many new systems is becoming very complicated. Therefore, the human-machine interaction is an important aspect to concentrate on in the machine development. It can have a significant impact on employee satisfaction and production efficiency. Resulting in the requirement to integrate the operator’s needs in its design and eventually creating it as simple to use as possible.
Even complex machines should be easy to operate
“Interface design is often neglected in the sector of industrial machines. However, it is important when it comes to efficiency and error-free operation”, tells Vanessa.
In January this year, Vanessa finished her Master’s studies in Product Development and Innovation at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. At Inwatec she first worked as a student employee and then investigated Inwatec’s current interface design at the mat roll machines during an ‘InCompany’ period. For her final thesis, Vanessa continued her research and created a new interface prototype for the HURRICANE mat roller.
“Inwatec designs machines to make the interaction as easy as possible for all stakeholders involved in the development and operation process“, she explains.
Designing according to people’s needs – Inwatec’s priority
Vanessa submitted her thesis at the beginning of January 2019 and is very happy about her project and Inwatec’s goals:
“I love how Inwatec creates smart machines, that simplify working processes but also how the company cares about the people being involved in the development process as well in the usage of the machines.”
In the development process, Inwatec emphasizes the great importance of considering the operator of the machine from day one to result in machines that are both user-friendly and safe to operate. Opinions of customers and own employees are highly valued and essential for all kind of improvement processes. Vanessa did not only create a prototype but also directly performed tests with various stakeholders.
“It was great to get feedback right away and to have the chance to improve the prototype again and again.”