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Ergonomics analysis in a virtual environment

conference contribution
posted on 21.09.2017, 09:10 by Gunnar Backstrand, Dan Hogberg, Leo J. De Vin, Keith Case, Paul Piamonte
Simulation can support the design of an ergonomic workplace by enabling early assessment of ergonomic conditions in a virtual environment. An important feature is the possibility to study alternative solutions or the effect of improvements from an ergonomics perspective. To be able to conduct an efficient and reliable evaluation in a virtual environment an objective analysis method is essential. Such analysis method should be integrated in the simulation software, and support a company’s everyday ergonomics work process. In order to gain from existing ergonomics knowledge within a company, the possibility to implement such wisdom in the current simulation software becomes important. This paper presents an implementation work done with the purpose of integrating an established ergonomics work process into a virtual environment. It describes the benefits of an ergonomics work process where simulation and evaluation at early stages of a design process are key factors. The paper will also describe the integration process, i.e. the technical issues as well as the change in work methods.



  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Twenty-third International Manufacturing Conference, IMC23 'Innovations in Manufacturing', the Proceedings of the Twenty-third International Manufacturing Conference, IMC23


543 - 550


BÄCKSTRAND, G. ... et al., 2006. Ergonomics analysis in a virtual environment. IN: Proceedings of 2006 23rd International Manufacturing Conference: Innovations in Manufacturing (IMC23), Belfast, United Kingdom, 31 August-1 September 2006, pp.543-550.


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University of Ulster, Belfast, UK

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