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Tangible toolkit for process industry
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The process industry is the subject of increasing automation. As a step in this direction, the control of whole industrial plants has been centralized into small rooms. Here the process can be monitored and manually controlled if needed. The few operators still employed are expressing boredom due to everything being automated and feeling disconnected from the industrial environment where the work is carried out.

By introducing tangibles into the control environment, that gap between factory floor and control room can be breached. Through simulating the rich experience of the production process, the operators could be engaged to work together with the automation software.

Field research was done together with the project partners ABB and Swedish ICT. It provided a first hand experience of the context, the users and their problems. Working with a HCD approach, quickly prototyped solutions were discussed with users and stakeholders in the project.

The result is a number of tangibles that utilizes their physical form and contemporary research in the field. This creates a stronger relationship between the operators and their equipment, gaining both an intuitive understanding and a tool for directly manipulating the equipment they control. The result cannot be discussed in greater detail due to patenting inquiries. 

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Keyword [en]
Process industry, automation, tangible interfaces, tangibles
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-105980OAI: diva2:839496
External cooperation
ABB & Swedish ICT
Educational program
Master's programme in Interaction Design

The degree report as a whole cannot be published due to patenting inquiries. 

Available from: 2015-09-28 Created: 2015-07-02 Last updated: 2015-09-28Bibliographically approved

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