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Workforce ageing, the need for an inclusive design approach in manufacturing industry

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posted on 02.03.2018 by Keith Case, Amjad Hussain, Russell Marshall, Steve Summerskill, Ruth Sims, Diane Gyi
Demographic trends clearly indicate that the number of people over 60 years of age is increasing in most developing countries, while the availability of a young workforce is decreasing due to falling birth rates. Successful global competition drives the need to ensure the availability of a skilled workforce which accommodates older workers, is a real challenge for industrial organizations. An Inclusive Design approach is considered helpful in the assessment of workstations, product or service design requirements and the establishment of realistic production standards during the design development phase in any manufacturing industry. The approach can be used for a variety of industrial applications especially in manufacturing tasks such as assembly, maintenance, lifting, loading, unloading, transporting and machine operating activities. This paper reveals the need for an Inclusive Design approach that can potentially increase the productive time of the older workforce which can then make a valuable contribution to the economy. The paper also describes initial research which involves the re-analysis of a very large UK survey on ageing and disability and new data on joint mobility and its significance to the ageing workforce.

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  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

First International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing, SIM 2011 Proceedings of the First International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing, SIM 2011

Pages

671 - 678

Citation

CASE, K. ...et al., 2011. Workforce ageing, the need for an inclusive design approach in manufacturing industry.IN: Bartolo, H. et al (Eds). Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing SIM 2011, 29th June-1st July 2011, Leira, Portugal. Lisbon: IST Press, pp. 671-678.

Publisher

IST Press

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2011

Notes

This is a conference paper.

ISBN

978-989-8481-03-0

Language

en

Location

Leiria. Portugal

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