Conducive Design for Safety in Modular Plants

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The changeability of modular process plants implies the need for fundamentally new safety strategies: Since Operators must implement safety measures, assistance systems are needed to enable the operator to execute safety engineering tasks. We analyze the operator tasks during build up and re-configuration of flexible production systems in the process industry. Based on a state-of-the-art analysis of conventional safety engineering tasks, requirements to assist operators by a technical system are derived. We designed an assistance system and a module self-description to enable operators to implement the safety related interconnection of modules. To prove our concept, we successfully implemented the technical concepts in a demonstration plant. By implementing measures that are conducive to operators, we have been able to maintain their role as the most flexible resource in modular plants.


Original languageGerman
Title of host publication13th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2022)
Place of PublicationNew York, USA
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2022

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ORCID /0000-0002-6673-9591/work/142242369
ORCID /0000-0003-3954-7786/work/142243147
ORCID /0000-0001-5165-4459/work/142248258