In order to achieve more sustainable development processes, industries need not only to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs, but also to increase the operators’ wellbeing to promote social sustainability. In this context, the present research focuses on the definition of a methodology based on human-centred virtual simulation to improve the social sustainability of maintenance tasks by enhancing system design and improving its serviceability. It is based on the operators’ involvement and the analysis of their needs from the early design stages on virtual mock-ups. The methodology proposed merges a protocol analysis for human factors assessment and an immersive virtual simulation where immersive serviceability simulations can be used during design phases. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method, an industrial use case has been carried out in collaboration with CNH Industrial.
Peruzzini, M., Grandi, F., Pellicciari, M., & Campanella, C. (2017). Virtual Maintenance Simulation for Socially Sustainable Serviceability. Procedia Manufacturing, 11, 1413–1420. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.promfg.2017.07.271