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The future shop-floor operators, demands, requirements and interpretations
University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. (Produktion och automatiseringsteknik, Production and automation engineering)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1699-3778
2018 (English)In: Journal of manufacturing systems, ISSN 0278-6125, E-ISSN 1878-6642, Vol. 47, p. 35-42Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The evolution of the manufacturing industry reveals continuous progress and development throughout the years. This evolution not only includes production methodologies and the production equipment, it also includes the working environment of the shop-floor operators. The demands faced by the shop-floor operators have developed from strictly controlled, simple and monotonic tasks to self-controlled team work requiring a holistic approach that aims at continuous improvements and achieving a high degree of flexibility, adaptability and initiative.

This paper describes the evolution of the shop-floor operator, according to the research literature and interviews with manufacturing managers and human resources specialists. In addition, the paper presents the response of future Swedish shop-floor operators, today’s high-school students, to a description of their possible future work as shop-floor operators. The Swedish manufacturing industry competes, to a large extent, on and responds to the international market. The findings made in this paper are thus also interesting for other industries and countries acting on the international market.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 47, p. 35-42
Keywords [en]
Future shop-floor operators, Manufacturing Industry, Interview study, Survey Study
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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INF201 Virtual Production Development; Production and Automation Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14975DOI: 10.1016/j.jmsy.2018.03.004ISI: 000435061400003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044168599OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-14975DiVA, id: diva2:1192566
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Knowledge Foundation, 20130303Available from: 2018-03-22 Created: 2018-03-22 Last updated: 2018-07-23Bibliographically approved

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