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Reiman, A., Kaivo-oja, J., Parviainen, E., Takala, E.-P., & Lauraeus, T. (2021). Human factors and ergonomics in manufacturing in the industry 4.0 context – A scoping review. Technology in Society, 65, 101572.

Human factors and ergonomics in manufacturing in the industry 4.0 context : a scoping review

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Author: Reiman, Arto1; Kaivo-oja, Jari2; Parviainen, Elina3;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Industrial Engineering and Management, Finland
2University of Turku, Futures Research Centre, Finland
3Human Process Oy, Finland
4Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-05-25


Industry 4.0 revolution has brought rapid technological growth and development in manufacturing industries. Technological development enables efficient manufacturing processes and brings changes in human work, which may cause new threats to employee well-being and challenge their existing skills and knowledge. Human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) is a scientific discipline to optimize simultaneously overall system performance and human well-being in different work contexts. The aim of this scoping review is to describe the state-of-the-art of the HF/E research related to the industry 4.0 context in manufacturing. A systematic search found 336 research articles, of which 37 were analysed utilizing a human-centric work system framework presented in the HF/E literature. Challenges related to technological development were analysed in micro- and macroergonomics work system frameworks. Based on the review we frame characteristics of an organisation level maturity model to optimize overall sociotechnical work system performance in the context of rapid technological development in manufacturing industries.

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Series: Technology in society
ISSN: 0160-791X
ISSN-E: 1879-3274
ISSN-L: 0160-791X
Volume: 65
Article number: 101572
DOI: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2021.101572
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: This work was supported by the Anita and Olli Seppänen Foundation.
Copyright information: © 2021. The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (