An experimental investigation on ergonomically designed assembly workstation

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Abstract

The main objective of this study was to investigate the effects of designing ergonomically assembly workstation on operator performance. This paper describes these results using factorial design of experimental which were conducted on assembly of a product. A fully adjustable ergonomically designed assembly workstation was used for the experiment. Ten college students were randomly assigned into three experimental factors or parameters (table adjustable, chair adjustable, and gender) to perform the assembly task. Performances of the participants assembling a product are: operator productivity (units/hour); operator satisfaction (degree of comfortable), and operator health (headache). The regression models to measure the operator performance were built based on the experimental investigation to suggest a practical performance measurement of operator. The results show that female subjects are more productive and healthy than male but with lesser satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-321
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Assembly lines
  • Design of experiments
  • Ergonomic design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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