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Universal design of workplaces - manual assembly UUAAMM

The UUAAMM project develops inclusive workplaces for industrial assembly. Specifically, assembly workplaces for the manufacture of modular houses at the company Husmuttern will be adapted for people with different forms of functional variations.

Movie from the company Husmuttern AB

Background

The project is based on previous empirical experiences of developing industrial workplaces for people with low education and without language skills in one of the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth's funded projects, “Husmuttern's development of simple jobs 2.0” (fig. 1). In the previous project, they succeeded with good results with Lean methodology (so-called poka yoke) and digital visualization to develop a system where people with a foreign background and without previous industrial experience can work productively, risk-free, with assured quality and thus be included in industrial working life. The workstations have a high degree of visualization and digitization, but a low degree of automation and mechanization, which we have seen is a key to inclusion. In addition to developing its own production of house modules, it has also successfully sold the service "to develop an industrial workplace to bring in staff without language skills" in one case (CH-industry) so far.

Project idea

Now the idea is to continue working with the systematics and development process to cover people with functional variation and increase the availability of industrial workplaces and businesses. We have seen that the system that has already been developed makes it easier for everyone to work in the system, regardless of function variation, but we need to evaluate and test how generally it works, and whether we can include more function parameters. In step one, we want to test and further develop the system to support people with e.g. dyslexia, hearing impairment, autism spectrum and similar functional variation to developing and productive work in industry. In step two, we want to further develop support for different types of mobility impairment and similar functional variation and investigate where the line goes before you need to adapt the system to the individual. We also intend to investigate whether gender or age makes any difference in the availability of the system.

Results

The whole basis of the project is to work inclusively and develop workplaces where everyone, regardless of background or skills, can perform a job that is long-term competitive and profitable. It is important that the solution is inclusive so that it suits everyone, even though in this project we focus on people who are limited by their functional variation. Since most industrial applications today have more men than women employed, the solution can also help to make work better adapted (and more attractive) for women. Today, it is common to have gender-neutral workplace design in larger industrial companies, but in smaller companies, the workplaces are mainly adapted for those who work there today, i.e. mostly men. In the development of visualization and digital interfaces, we take inclusion into account and that it should be easy to understand and perform work regardless of gender, age, background and skills.

Summary

Project name

UUAAMM

Status

Completed

Region

Västra Götaland Region

RISE role in project

Coordinator

Project start

Duration

1 år

Total budget

642 000 SEK

Partner

Husmuttern

Funders

Vinnova och UUAAMM projekthemsida

Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

4. Quality education
8. Decent work and economic growth
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
10. Reduced inequalities
Martin Kurdve

Contact person

Martin Kurdve

Forskare

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