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      PLENUM

      Research Group User Centred Product Design
      Resarch Environment Virtual Engineering

      PLENUM

      Research Group User Centred Product Design
      Resarch Environment Virtual Engineering

      Quick Facts

      Full project name

      PLENary multi-User developMent arena for industrial workspaces (PLENUM)

      Duration

      September 2022 – September 2025

      Funding and collaboration

      VINNOVA, CEVT, Chalmers University of Technology, Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre (FCC), Scania, Volvo Cars, Volvo GTO

      The ongoing electrification of the automotive industry will initially lack competence, it is new knowledge that is required to take the automotive industry to the next phase. According to the EC, the loss of skills within the battery cell plants is estimated to be up to 800,000 people until 2025. And even the industry would have enough people, the factories are not yet built, which makes it impossible to train the person on site.

      In order to speed up both skill development and skill exchange within the industry, the PLENUM (PLENary multi-User development arena for industrial workspaces) project shall provide the industry with an easy-to-use, cost-effective and interactive 3D environment, in other words, a digital twin of the factory shall be created. The environment can be used for development, workplace design, skills development and ergonomic analysis and will be able to include thousands of users.

      By building the factory digitally, the industry will be able to do the work in the virtual factory and then translate it into reality when the factories are put into operation.

      We are PLENUM

      PLENUM consists of researchers and method developers in XR and interaction design, factory/workplace design and ergonomics/manikin development. But also from end users and software developers for future scale-up/commercialization, in order to achieve industrial benefit early in development.

      Project activities

      • Gather requirements specifications from industry and practitioners together with experts
      • Develop functions for XR environments, upskilling/reskilling for multiple simultaneous users in a digital industrial platform for analysis and design of workplaces and factories
      • Develop domain-specific implementations in parallel for factory/workplace design as well as ergonomic assessments to enable interaction/multiple users in the same 3D environment
      • Testing/validation in at least five real factory environments involving personnel of end-user companies with strong industry interaction, but also actors outside the consortium as we intend to validate during the project the solutions for rapid ramp-up in industry
      • Fine-tuning and validation including dissemination of results to demonstrate the solutions to external stakeholders at exhibitions, invited demonstrations and other dissemination of results.

      Create efficient factories

      PLENUM enables better and more efficient factories in terms of economic performance with less emissions and more human-centered workplace design. PLENUM also enables inclusive design for all staff as well as efficient industrial 3D development environment, significantly reducing the need for travel as factories can be visited online.

      The project is coordinated by: Chalmers University of Technology AB

      Publications

      2023

      Peter Mårdberg, Dan Högberg, Johan S. Carlson, Rikard Söderberg

      Advances in Digital Human Modeling: Proceedings of the 8th International Digital Human Modeling Symposium, 4-6 September 2023, Antwerp, Belgium

      2023. Conference paper. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-37848-5_5

      Project Leaders at the University of Skövde

      Professor of Product Design Engineering

      Senior Lecturer in Product Design Engineering

      Participating Researchers

      Funding and collaboration

      Published: 10/14/2022
      Edited: 10/14/2022
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