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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 8, 2013

Cost-Benefits in a Small Manufacturing Plant

(Click here for a downloadable pdf copy of this study.) Introduction This case example is important for several reasons: It is comprehensive — plant-wide over a 10-year […]
September 8, 2013

Time savings from pallet lifts

Click here for a downloadable pdf copy of this page. Study 1 Output doubled plant-wide The bottom line in this example is that output doubled in this […]
September 8, 2013

Maintain a comfortable environment

Heat, dust, noise, and vibration Glare and shadows This topic is somewhat of a catch-all category in industrial ergonomics. Some topics are normally addressed through the […]
September 8, 2013

Move, Exercise, Stretch

Extremely constrained position (precision laser welder) The human body needs to move and be exercised and stretched. You should not conclude from phrases like “reduce force” […]
September 8, 2013

Provide Clearance and Access

  No room for knees No room for hand   It is important that you have both adequate workspace and easy access to everything you need, […]
September 8, 2013

Minimize Pressure Points

Hard edge Cushioned Direct pressure or “contact stress” refers to on-going contact between a part of the body and a hard edge or surface.  This issue […]
September 8, 2013

Minimize Fatigue and Static Load

Heavy, exhausting work: Metabolic Load Writer’s Cramp: Static Load Preventing fatigue has long been a major focus of ergonomics and methods engineering. Production issues There is […]
September 8, 2013

Reduce Excessive Motions

Finding effective ways to reduce motions has been a hallmark of classic methods engineering a century ago and industrial ergonomics in more recent decades. Production issues […]