The importance of safety and usefulness in Human-Robot team-working.

The case for human-robot team-working in the medium- to high-value flexible manufacturing sectors now seems clear. In fact, although this is a sensible set of application domains to start with, in the fullness of time, the developed ideas could also penetrate lower-value, higher-volume, sectors if successful. There is a valuable trade-off to be made here […]

Mental Health

According to the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) carried out in 2014 (conducted every seven years), one in six (17%) of the working age population of Great Britain meet diagnostic criteria for a mental disorder that is popular. The most common of these issues are anxiety and depression since the others fall in-between a combination […]

Operator 4.0 – will industry 4.0 empower its workers?

The change in the manufacturing industry has been a common discussion topic in recent literature. Advancements in technology is the dominant theme, but what about the people who are working in the industry and are part of this large shift towards smart manufacturing? I have decided to look into the operator’s position and the change […]

Legal Perspective: Smart Robotics in Manufacturing

The rise of the Industry 4.0 raises various ethical, legal, and social dilemmas. I’ve come across a paper by an international law firm, Pinsent Masons, called Future of Manufacturing: The emerging legal challenges. I find this paper very intriguing as it covers a wide range of potential issues in consideration of different aspects of Industry […]

Understanding the Potential Role of Digital Twins

The DigiTOP Project offers opportunities to realise the potential impact that emerging digital technologies can have within manufacturing and maintenance settings. Whilst there is a whole host of emerging technologies, there are a number of uncertainties in terms of efficiency and effectiveness gains. Digital Twins (DTs) are one such technology that is emerging. This blog […]

DigiTOP’s Transfer Potential to the Nuclear Industry

We expect that many of the project results in DigiTOP will be transferable from digital manufacturing to other domains. For example, the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) is currently involved in two large projects on using robots for nuclear decommissioning, Robotics for Nuclear Environments (RNE, and the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR, One […]

Personifying DigiTOP

On Friday, 12th October 2018, representatives from University of Nottingham, Cranfield University, and the Bristol Robotics Lab visited our DigiTOP colleagues from the Intelligent Automation Centre at Loughborough University.  Throughout the half-day meeting, we held a number of productive discussions to define specific types of work scenarios that DigiTOP research and digital innovations could be […]

Physiological Measurements of Cognitive Activity

The leading premise of the Digitop Project is that the work involved in digital manufacturing has evolved away from the physical work that is well understood in ergonomics and human factors, towards cognitive work for which we don’t have clear industry standards and safety guidelines, and where we lack knowledge of the impact of increasingly difficult cognitive […]