The 4th Industrial Revolution/Industry 4.0 has enabled reduction of production costs, improved consistency of product quality and enabled mass customisation by merging the physical and digital worlds. The transition is still ongoing – Industry 4.0 is a general-purpose technology, adding value across all industrial sectors. However, the perception of Industry 4.0 at a human level has not all been positive. It has been plagued by fear of job cuts and in some sectors completely replacing the human workforce. Industry 5.0 will address the balance between humans and technology, focusing on the collaborative relationship between skilled workers and automation. The intent is to reinstate skilled craftsmanship at the centre of production processes where people add unique value and competitive advantage, augmented by intelligent, data-driven technology emerging from Industry 4.0.
The Up-Skill project will address the implications of Industry 5.0 and the relationship between automation, skilled work and organisational systems. The research will establish how the relationship between automation and human input plays out in a range of industrial settings, creating comparative case studies to capture effective implementation strategies. The project will address under-explored strategic spaces in production – where automation adds value to skilled and artisanal work – and where further automation risks undermining product value. This research will identify the shifting organisational characteristics that are needed to ensure technology advancements are implemented within companies while ensuring sustainable, added value for man, machine, and organisation.
- MALARDALENS UNIVERSITET (MDU) – Project Coordinator
- MALARDALEN INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER AB (MITC)
- UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO (UMIL)
- HELEKOPTER AB (HEK)
- IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA (IRIS)
- ALFA LAVAL TECHNOLOGIES AB (ALFA)
- KNEIA SL (KNEIA)
- WEBBER BRENNERTECHNIK GMBH (WEB)
- TWI LIMITED (TWI)
- ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION (ARU)
- UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER (LUN)
- FORD MOTOR COMPANY LIMITED (FORD)
Official Website: https://www.upskill-horizon.eu/
CALL / TOPIC: HORIZON-CL4-2021-HUMAN-01 / HORIZON-CL4-2021-HUMAN-01-26
Grant agreement ID: 101070666
Start – end date: 1 September 2022 – 31 August 2025
Grant amount: €2,948,250.25
Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or HADEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.