Manipulators

Background A manipulator can be considered a type of power assist, or more broadly, a lift assist. The connotation of "manipulator" implies that it must be guided by the human (it cannot move on [...]

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How to design a workstation

The workstation is a central focal point for optimizing human factors in production areas, whether a stationary work bench or a flexible position on a moving line. Common shortcomings to be overcome a [...]

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Process Improvement

Recent decades have witnessed the introduction of an impressive array of strategies to streamline and enhance production. Lean  — Focus on adding value and eliminating waste Just-in-Time (JIT [...]

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How to improve production

Despite all the advancements in automation and high technology, humans still constitute a decisive factor in production. Whether planning new operations or improving existing ones, it is critical to t [...]

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10 Principles of Human-Friendly Design

  You must understand the basic principles of human-friendly design to evaluate or design workplace equipment. There are no shortcuts or simple tips that replace a firm grasp of the underl [...]

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Spools/reels

Common issues Manhandling A problem when storing spools occurs when cut lengths are to be delivered, as opposed to the whole spool. When a length is to be cut, the traditional me [...]

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Misc. Dock Issues

Issues and Options Door Maintenance Truck/trailer doors Dock bay doors Evaluations in some distribution centers have revealed that the heaviest lifts were opening doors. The re [...]

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Picking — Racks

Background One of the most challenging issues in distribution centers is manually picking orders. The amount of lifting, bending, and reaching is obvious, but many of the techniques that are availabl [...]

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Checking and Sorting

Common issues Constant bending to check orders Lifting, walking, carrying to sort orders Checking incoming materials often is done on the floor, which then usually requires bend [...]

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Truck Load/Unload

Background Many of the tasks related to shipping and receiving are now performed with equipment such as forklift trucks and and involve little physical strain on employees. However, in instances wh [...]

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