RFP – Human Workflow Digital Twin

Human Capital has always been a key component of manufacturing systems. While many of our machines have become connected to the digital thread, the human component has often been overlooked. There is an increasing desire to empower our factory floor workers with the technologies of Industry 4.0.

About the Project

MxD is excited to release a Request for Proposal (RFP) to fund the development of a real-time system for accurately measuring, modeling, scheduling and optimizing human interactions with manufacturing systems.

Human capital has always been a key component in manufacturing systems. With the emergence of industrial cyber-physical-systems, physical and digital worlds in manufacturing have been brought together. While human integration in cyber-physical-systems can already be supported in various ways, successfully incorporating human skills and tangible knowledge into these systems requires an approach that augments the abilities operators bring to the manufacturing floor. The effectiveness of such a solution depends on the ability to capture the unique behavior of an individual and act upon it within the context of the larger human-cyber-physical-system. Note: All project work must be performed in the United States.

RFP responses are due on or before
Friday, February 28, 2020, 5:00 p.m. CT

Project Objectives

    1. Manufacturer Engagement
    Engage with a manufacturer, identifying a use-case with a human-in-the-loop solution that is extensible to the broader manufacturing community.
    2. Human Feedback Loop
    Develop algorithms that will digest sensor data and provide real time feedback to the operator in a format suitable for the proposed use case.
    3. Manufacturing System Integration
    Integrate the developed technologies into prevailing factory scheduling system, knowledge management system, or Manufacturing Execution System to enable use of the human model in existing workflows.
    4. System Demonstration
    Staging, de-risking, and demonstration of the proposed solution on an assembly, discrete, or processes testbed either at a manufacturer’s location or utilizing the MxD factory floor.

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