The maximal acceptable work pace in light assembly work, application of the psychophysical method
van der Grinten, M.
de Looze, M.P.
van Rhijn, G.
From August 24-29, 2003 in Seoul, Korea the XVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association and the 7th Joint Conference of Ergonomics Society of Korea / Japan Ergonomics Society were held. The central theme was "Ergonomics in the digital age". This paper is about the maximal acceptable work pace in light assembly work and application of the psychophysical method. Assembly work is one of the tasks particularly associated with neck and shoulder problems. Workplace and work pace optimisation are possible preventive measures. In industrial engineering, applied standards for predetermined time or pace are frequently used but detailed physical load criteria are only marginally addressed. Psychophysical methods may enclose these criteria. In this study this method is applied for assembling razor heads under several conditions. The effect of 2 configurations, a 'high' and 'low' stored supply and the effect of 2 moments of the day (early-late) are studied. In this publication the effect of the 'high-low' configuration is presented. It is concluded that (re)configuration of supply storages at workplaces like this are beneficial for company and workers.
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Ergonomics Society of Korea, Seoul
Ergonomics in the Digital Age, August 24-29, 2003 Seoul, Korea. Proceedings of the XVth Triennial Congress of the IEA and the 7th Joint Conference of Ergonomics Society of Korea/Japan, 330-333