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October 10, 2019

Leveraging Ergonomic Design Guidelines

Effective ergonomics processes emphasize both improvement and prevention – reducing ergonomics risks in existing operations while ensuring the ergonomics acceptability of new products and equipment.  Ergonomic […]
September 26, 2019

Why Standardize Your Workplace Ergonomics Assessment Tools?

Successful ergonomics improvement programs include at least these 4 steps: Identifying Potential Ergonomics Issues Ergonomics Assessment Tools Controlling Ergonomics Risks Cost Justifying Ergonomic Improvements If your […]
September 6, 2013

Machine Parts Handling (Special Issues)

Background All of the techniques of parts handling in generic workstations can be applied in machine operations.  Additionally, the following are several special issues that are common with […]
September 6, 2013

Controls and Activation Buttons

Palm buttons: Frequently heavy, awkward Finger sweeps: Easy, convenient Principles affected Posture Force Reach Height Motions Related pages How to design a workstation Machine Ops Miscellaneous […]
September 6, 2013

Machine Unloading

Parts hard to remove Gravity drops too low Principles affected Force Height Motions Related pages Machine Ops Loading Parts handling (special issues for machines) Workstations Parts […]
September 6, 2013

Machine Loading

Reaching to load — sometimes with a heavy part Principles affected Posture Force Reach Height Motions Fatigue Clearance Related pages Workstations Parts handling Material handling All […]
September 6, 2013

How to improve the machine-operator interface

Too high, but easy to fix Long reach and hard to fix Extremely awkward design Background Machinery has been the hallmark of progress in production, eliminating […]
September 6, 2013

Unique Application Tools

Holding slippery items Background This is a catch-all category of special application tools. The intend for much of this list is to enable readers to see […]
September 6, 2013


Common issues Tasks that require using manual scoops can involve repetitive motions, sometimes with a relatively heavy load. Common options for improvement Metal with grip at […]
September 6, 2013

Pliers and Cutters

Common issues Squeeze force Some tasks require a heavy squeeze force to cut or to hold an item. If done frequently, it can add to the […]
September 6, 2013

Wire Strippers

Common issues Repetitive, forceful motions When used repetitively, wire strippers can place significant strain on the hands. Newer designs of wire stripping tools can be ingenious […]