Working Group „people in the digital factory“ visiting Magna Steyr

The meeting of the Working Group "People in the digital factory" included a company tour of Magna Steyr in Graz and expert talks with a focus on industry 4.0 technologies and the effects of digitization on production and jobs.

About 45 members of the platform participated in the working group meeting “People in the digital factory” on 07.02.2016 in Graz. The main focus of the meeting was the issue of employee participation in the age of digitalization.

Observations from industrial practice show that the potentials of Industry 4.0 are best used if the working conditions and the needs of employees are integrated into the technology and work organization development right from the start and are involved in the processes of the introduction of new technologies. The purpose of this session was to gain insight into the impact of the increasing complexity of digitalisation on company co-determination and the role of company co-determination in the design of digital transformation of business processes.

The invitation of Magna Steyr also allowed us to witness the integration of industry 4.0 technologies within the framework of a business management and concrete SmartFactory case studies. Furthermore, to gain insight into how Industrial 4.0 can be implemented in an Austrian company and the workplace of the future can be designed. The exchange of experiences with the participants was also the main focus in order to meet the challenges of digitization to the work environment and the changed demands from employees.

Dr. Wolfgang Zitz (Vice – President of Contract Manufacturing Magna Steyr) and Christoph Krammer (Manager of Contract Management Magna Steyr) gave an overview of the challenges faced by Magna Steyr and the vision and expectation of the implementation of an agile SmartFactory.

Within the framework of a roadshow, concrete projects and concepts from SmartFactory were presented in the fields of driverless transport systems, collaborating robotics, big data, exo – skeletal Eco Ergo and human – machine interface. In addition, the company’s in-house training workshop was examined, where employees in industry 4.0 were trained and new technologies tested.

Hansjörg Tutner (Global Director of Human Resources Magna Steyr), together with Johann Neuhold and Thomas Stoimaier, (Works Council), presented the challenges posed by digitalization to the work environment and the so-called societal approach of Magna Steyr.

The program was rounded off by an expert lecture by Dr. Philipp Maier (Baker & McKenzie) on the legal perspective on digitization and company participation.

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