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An experimental investigation of human mismatches in machining.

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posted on 2009-03-31, 13:40 authored by Keith CaseKeith Case, Murray Sinclair, A.M. Abdul-Rani
Mismatches refer to incompatibilities, inappropriateness, unsuitabilities or inconsistencies in machine operators’ actions which, if not addressed, would lead to errors. A fuller understanding of the rate at which mismatches occur and their causes would allow human aspects to be given proper consideration alongside hardware and technological issues in the design of new working environments, machines and tasks. This research highlights these human aspects of machining by examining mismatches in relation to various human characteristics. The human task–mismatch matching method was developed and applied in manual turning operations using experimental and questionnaire techniques on groups of 16 skilled and 12 unskilled operators. The skilled subjects were drawn from local industry and university technical staff. Unskilled subjects were engineering students, all of whom had some familiarity with machining through periods of industrial placement. Statistically significant relationships were established between mismatches and many of the human characteristics studied (skill, age, work experience, self-confidence and trust) when considering all the subjects as a single group, but for skilled operators alone, the only significant relationship was between self-confidence and trust. As a general conclusion, it can be confirmed that studying operators in their own workplace provides invaluable information for the design and operation of future workplaces, but that the relationships between performance and human characteristics remain difficult to establish formally.



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CASE, K., SINCLAIR, M. and ABDUL-RANI, A.M., 1999. An experimental investigation of human mismatches in machining. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 213 (2), pp. 197-201.


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This article was published in the journal, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture [© Professional Engineering Publishing]. The definitive version is available at: http://journals.pepublishing.com/content/119784/?sortorder=asc&p_o=99




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