Impacts of industrial automation: Importance of the design process

Ranta J & Tuominen L (1989). Impacts of industrial automation: Importance of the design process. In: Analysis, Design and Evaluation of Man–Machine Systems 1988. pp. 41-46 Oxford, UK: Pergamon Press. ISBN 978-0-08-036226-7 DOI:10.1016/B978-0-08-036226-7.50010-7.

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Abstract

Many case studies Indicate that the way in which the benefits of automation will be realized and what the impacts of automation will be depends more on the managerial and organizational aspects of automation than on the technology itself. Especially the design process seems to be critical. Many problems and undesired impacts can be shown to depend on unsuccessfully defined design goals, mismanagement of the design process, as well as wrong cost estimates and improper task allocation. There still seem to be difficulties in integrating technological and organizational issues into automation design, although it should be clear that it is not only a technical system, which is to be designed, but a very complex organizational and social system, where automation is only a component of the overall system. The paper is based on concrete case studies and on interviews of managers, designers and operators. The experience comes both from manufacturing and process industries.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Selected Papers from the Third IFAC/IFIP/IEA/IFORS Conference, Oulu, Finland, 14–16 June 1988
Research Programs: Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 13:48
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2016 13:48
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/12640

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