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The Assembly Specific Force Atlas

Schaub, Karlheinz and Wakula, Jurij and Berg, Knut and Bruder, Ralph and Glitsch, Ulrich and Ellegast, Rolf-Peter
Mondelo, Pedro and Karwowski, Waldemar and Saarela, Kaija Leena and Swuste, Paul and Occhipinti, Enrico (eds.)
Institut für Arbeitswissenschaft, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Petersenstr. 30, D-64287 Darmstadt, Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (IFA) / Alte Heerstr. 111 / 53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany (Corporate Creators) (2010):
The Assembly Specific Force Atlas.
Valencia, In: VIII International Conference on Occupational Risk Prevention, Valencia, 05. - 07.5.2010, [Conference or Workshop Item]

Abstract

Though working in hi-tech industries, physical workload is partly considerable and cannot be avoided due to product and process requirements. Especially in automotive, aviation and marine industries, the assembly of the product geometry requires force exertions in ergonomically unfavorable conditions. Unfortunately internationally accepted methods for the evaluation of those force exertions are widely unknown. Besides some traditional German methods and EN 1005-3 hardly any evaluation methods exist. And even those methods refer to force exertions in primarily upright symmetric working postures. In order to overcome these problems the “Assembly Specific Fore Atlas” was created during the recent years. From a sample of automotive workers (n=273) a set of 54 whole body forces (6 main force directions while standing, sitting, kneeling; in an upward, bent and overhead posture) and a set of 38 types of finger-hand forces (all at MWC value) were measured in the field. The inputs for the types of force exertions required in practice were sampled from a consortium of major European car and truck companies. In addition, evaluation methods were developed that allow calculating maximum recommended force limits from the measured maximum static forces and task and user group relevant parameters. These methods were designed in a traditional as well as screening approach with respect to existing international examples. This contribution gives a short overview on the data collected and focuses on the evaluation methods realized and the results drawn from the first field tests.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2010
Editors: Mondelo, Pedro and Karwowski, Waldemar and Saarela, Kaija Leena and Swuste, Paul and Occhipinti, Enrico
Creators: Schaub, Karlheinz and Wakula, Jurij and Berg, Knut and Bruder, Ralph and Glitsch, Ulrich and Ellegast, Rolf-Peter
Title: The Assembly Specific Force Atlas
Language: English
Abstract:

Though working in hi-tech industries, physical workload is partly considerable and cannot be avoided due to product and process requirements. Especially in automotive, aviation and marine industries, the assembly of the product geometry requires force exertions in ergonomically unfavorable conditions. Unfortunately internationally accepted methods for the evaluation of those force exertions are widely unknown. Besides some traditional German methods and EN 1005-3 hardly any evaluation methods exist. And even those methods refer to force exertions in primarily upright symmetric working postures. In order to overcome these problems the “Assembly Specific Fore Atlas” was created during the recent years. From a sample of automotive workers (n=273) a set of 54 whole body forces (6 main force directions while standing, sitting, kneeling; in an upward, bent and overhead posture) and a set of 38 types of finger-hand forces (all at MWC value) were measured in the field. The inputs for the types of force exertions required in practice were sampled from a consortium of major European car and truck companies. In addition, evaluation methods were developed that allow calculating maximum recommended force limits from the measured maximum static forces and task and user group relevant parameters. These methods were designed in a traditional as well as screening approach with respect to existing international examples. This contribution gives a short overview on the data collected and focuses on the evaluation methods realized and the results drawn from the first field tests.

Place of Publication: Valencia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kraftausübung, gesetzliche EU Anforderungen, Automobilindustrie
Divisions: 16 Department of Mechanical Engineering
16 Department of Mechanical Engineering > Ergonomics (IAD)
Event Title: VIII International Conference on Occupational Risk Prevention
Event Location: Valencia
Event Dates: 05. - 07.5.2010
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2012 13:15
Identification Number: IADN: 1859
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Force exertions, EU legal requirements, automotive industriesEnglish
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