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What is Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 is a concept that involves a change in the production organization coming from the fourth industrial revolution, which consists in transforming into a digital factory or smart factory. It is the systematic application of Internet of Things technology to production processes, a trasformation that will lead to automated and interconnected industrial production, where the interaction between man and machine will involve more and more widespread "touch" interfaces. New digital technologies will have a profound impact on data centralization and their conservation.

What does Internet of things mean?

Internet of things (or IoT) means the extension of the internet to the world of objects and concrete places. Also defined as the infrastructure of a computerized company, is the technology applied to industry of the fourth industrial revolution. In which the electronic system tracks a map of the real world, enabling objects, people, and IT devices to be interconnected in a single network, with real benefits to the company in terms of system usability, efficiency, flexibility, control and management of the production process.

Physical, cognitive and organizational ergonomics: what are they?

Physical ergonomics: deals with the physical load on the human body, and physiological and bio mechanical characteristics as they relate to physical activity. Posture study, efforts and manual handling of loads, component handling, operating spaces and layout. In more general terms, the incidence of work environment factors on the operator's wellbeing. Cognitive ergonomics: perception and processing of information, ease of learning and training, ease of interaction with a product / object / machine and the pleasure of the experience itself. Organizational ergonomics: work design, activity time, relational climate and communication.

What are upper limb musculoskeletal disorders?

Musculoskeletal disorders are alterations of the tendons, muscles, vessels and peripheral nerves of the upper limbs caused or aggravated by repeated movements and / or repeated efforts of the upper limbs. These pathologies gradually develop over time as product of repeated mechanical stresses. The most famous musculoskeletal disease is carpal tunnel syndrome.

What are the company benefits of investing in ergonomics workstations?

A work organization, that respects the individual's abilities and needs, calibrates physical and mental overloads by increasing the motivation of the worker and making sure he does not get tired in a short time. The resulting greater satisfaction in the job involves in a turn-over reduction therefore the company can retain the know-how and professionalism of employees that it has helped to create. Finally, it is understandable how all of these factors have a positive impact on product quality, human performance, and overall business productivity.
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