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Expo 2000-Factory of the future

Expo 2000-Factory of the future

Expo 2000-Factory of the future

Multimedia and virtual reality have already entered a variety of industrial areas and will soon also ease the manufacturing sequences. For the first time the Fraunhofer Institute of Production Engineering and Automation "IPA" and the Institute of Industrial Production and Manufacturing of the University Stuttgart "IFF" demonstrated, in line with the Global Dialogue at the Expo 2000, how the workstation of a machine operator could look like in the future.

An actual machine can be virtually accessed by a computer, even over long distances. By means of a proto-type, a machine-tool located in Ludwigsburg Germany was accessed from a computer terminal in Hannover online. With the aid of a real time visualised demonstration, the working area of this machine tool could be observed. The task assignment was to design the work station of the future as well as the booth of the fair. The work station consists of a chair with a touch screen panel. The chair, upholstered with gel pads, allows multiple working positions. By lifting up the seat the chair converts into a stand up work station with the possibility to lean on. The input panel with touch screen builds the gateway to the machine. It is height-adjustable and can be tilted, to adapt to the personal needs of the user.
 
The working station of the future shows possibilities that are already applicable today, with abilities ideal to our global community.





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