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Ergonomic assessment of automotive assembly tasks with digital human modelling and the 'ergonomics assessment worksheet' (EAWS)

Schaub, Karlheinz and Mühlstedt, Jens and Illmann, Benjamin and Fritzsche, Lars and Wagner, Torsten and Bullinger-Hoffmann, Angelika C. and Bruder, Ralph (2012):
Ergonomic assessment of automotive assembly tasks with digital human modelling and the 'ergonomics assessment worksheet' (EAWS).
In: International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation, Inderscience Publishers, pp. 398-426, 3, (3), ISSN 1742-5549,
[Online-Edition: http://inderscience.metapress.com/content/M850J18564428M27],
[Article]

Abstract

The increasing global competition and changing demographic profiles amplify the importance of efficient design of work stations and processes that considers the physical job demands and the operators' abilities. Good ergonomic design is not restricted to the current production, but should be considered during all phases of the product life cycle. Digital human model (DHM) simulations provide good opportunities for an integrated ergonomic design, particularly during pre–production planning. This article gives an overview on DHM used in production ergonomics and highlights two new approaches to enhance current DHM applications. The editor for manual work activities (EMA) helps to speed up and optimise human movement simulation. MTMergonomics is an ergonomic risk assessment tool for industrial engineers (and ergonomists) during the planning phase of the product development process, based on MTM process languages like MTM–UAS. The ergonomic assessment worksheet (EAWS) is a tool for the holistic evaluation of physical workloads. It is implemented in digital human models like Jack and serves as an ergonomic evaluation tool within EMA and MTMergonomics. EAWS serves as a common feature to link DHM, EMA and MTMergonomics activities.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2012
Creators: Schaub, Karlheinz and Mühlstedt, Jens and Illmann, Benjamin and Fritzsche, Lars and Wagner, Torsten and Bullinger-Hoffmann, Angelika C. and Bruder, Ralph
Title: Ergonomic assessment of automotive assembly tasks with digital human modelling and the 'ergonomics assessment worksheet' (EAWS)
Language: English
Abstract:

The increasing global competition and changing demographic profiles amplify the importance of efficient design of work stations and processes that considers the physical job demands and the operators' abilities. Good ergonomic design is not restricted to the current production, but should be considered during all phases of the product life cycle. Digital human model (DHM) simulations provide good opportunities for an integrated ergonomic design, particularly during pre–production planning. This article gives an overview on DHM used in production ergonomics and highlights two new approaches to enhance current DHM applications. The editor for manual work activities (EMA) helps to speed up and optimise human movement simulation. MTMergonomics is an ergonomic risk assessment tool for industrial engineers (and ergonomists) during the planning phase of the product development process, based on MTM process languages like MTM–UAS. The ergonomic assessment worksheet (EAWS) is a tool for the holistic evaluation of physical workloads. It is implemented in digital human models like Jack and serves as an ergonomic evaluation tool within EMA and MTMergonomics. EAWS serves as a common feature to link DHM, EMA and MTMergonomics activities.

Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation
Title of Book: Aviation psychology and applied human factors. Working towards zero accidents
Volume: 3
Number: 3
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Uncontrolled Keywords: anthropometry, biomechanics, physiology, risk assessment, editor for manual work activities, EMA, ergonomics assessment worksheet, EAWS, MTMergonomics, EU legal requirements, physical workload, digital human model, DHM
Divisions: 16 Department of Mechanical Engineering
16 Department of Mechanical Engineering > Ergonomics (IAD)
Event Title: Proceedings of the 30th Conference of the European Association for Aviation Psychology
Event Location: Sardinien (Italien)
Event Dates: 24.09. - 28.09.2012
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2013 14:48
Official URL: http://inderscience.metapress.com/content/M850J18564428M27
Identification Number: IADN: 1923
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