The working world of the future

New technologies are being utilised to optimise working conditions and to take the pressure off of employees.

Information and communication technologies are changing production and development work. Algorithms assist in decision-making. Assistance systems support employees in setting up and maintaining machines and plants, as well in assembly. Virtual prototypes can be tested in real production environments.

However, increasing emphasis is being placed on the social aspects of workplace design in the digital factory: Humans remain a core focus of technology. To design the workplaces of the future, businesses have to take specific applications into account when introducing new technologies, as well as actively involve and train employees in the process.

In the it’s OWL technology network, businesses, universities and trade unions are developing and testing new solutions for digitalising the working world.  This involves cognitive learning platforms, cognitive assistance systems, participatory technology design, as well as agile leadership and staff development. For example, Weidmüller is researching how augmented and virtual reality can be used in professional training to enable personalised learning. Several businesses are developing a shared learning platform for cross-company employee training.

Results and experiences are being made available to cluster companies, particularly small and medium-sizes enterprises. They can develop and introduce new approaches with state transfer vouchers in the process.

Furthermore, the specialist competencies of companies, universities, research institutes and other organisations are pooled to train specialists and young professionals in new technologies. This is how training sessions and workshops are organised. New fields of technology such as machine intelligence, designing sociotechnical systems, digital infrastructure, safety and security, value added networks and advanced Systems Engineering will be in focus.