COALA – Europe’s first trustworthy digital assistant for the manufacturing industry
Humans are at the center of knowledge-intensive manufacturing processes, which must be skilled and flexible to meet the requirements of their work environment. The training of new workers in these processes is time consuming and costly for companies. Many industries suffer from the shortage of skilled workers caused, e.g. by the demographic change. A second challenge for the manufacturing sector is the continuous competition through high quality products.
COALA will address both challenges through the innovative design and development of a voice-first Digital Intelligent Assistant for the manufacturing sector.
The COALA solution will base on the privacy-focused open assistant Mycroft. It integrates prescriptive quality analytics, AI system to support on-the-job training of new workers, and a novel explanation engine – the WHY engine.
COALA will address AI ethics during design, deployment, and use of the new solution.
Critical components for the adoption of the solution are a new didactic concept to reach workers about opportunities, challenges, and risks in human-AI collaboration, and a concurrent change management process.
Three use cases (textile, white goods, liquid packaging) will evaluate the results in common manufacturing processes with significant economic relevance.
We expect to reduce the failure cost in manufacturing by 30-60% with the prescriptive quality analytics feature and the assisted worker training. For the change over time we expect a reduction of 15% to 30% by shortening the worker training time.