A tool for early workstation design for small and medium enterprises evaluated in five cases

M. Susan Hallbeck, Tim Bosch, J. W. Gu Van Rhijn, Frank Krause, Michiel P. De Looze, Peter Vink

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Abstract

Five case studies on production line design were described to study the effect of an early design support tool. Based on these case studies, the simple, interactive, real-time, medium-fidelity, mixed-reality methodology was not only found to be a good early design stage evaluative tool for ergonomics and workflow, but a teaching tool as well. Despite some drawbacks, such as limited accuracy, mixed-reality simulation appears to be a good compromise between cost and fidelity, especially for small to mediumsized manufacturing enterprises, and gives important information on the layout focused on high efficiency and healthy postures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-315
Number of pages16
JournalHuman Factors and Ergonomics In Manufacturing
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010

Keywords

  • Mixed reality
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Participatory ergonomics
  • Small/medium enterprise
  • Virtual reality
  • Work station redesign

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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