Industrial wearable system: the human-centric empowering technology in Industry 4.0

Xiang T.R. Kong, Hao Luo, George Q. Huang, Xuan Yang

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

125 Citations (Scopus)


The Industry 4.0 program and corresponding international initiatives continue to transform the industrial workforce and their work. The service-oriented, customer-centric and demand-driven production is pushing forward the progress of industrial automation. Even though, it does not mean that human can be fully replaced by machines/robots. There is an increasing awareness that human presence is not only one type of manufacturing capability, but also contributes to the overall system’s fault tolerant. How to achieve the seamless integration between human and machines/robots and harness human’s full potential is a critical issue for the success of Industry 4.0. In this research, a human-centric empowering technology: industrial wearable system is proposed. The aim of this system is to establish a human–cyber–physical symbiosis to support real time, trusting, and dynamic interaction among operators, machines and production systems. In order to design a substantial framework, three world-leading R&D groups in this field are investigated. Five design considerations have been identified from real-life pilot projects. The future trends and research opportunities also show great promise of industrial wearable system in the next generation of manufacturing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2853-2869
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Intelligent Manufacturing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Human–cyber–physical symbiosis
  • Industrial wearable system
  • Industry 4.0

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


Dive into the research topics of 'Industrial wearable system: the human-centric empowering technology in Industry 4.0'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this