New software tools improve workplace design

Robert Feyen, Yili Liu, Don Chaffin, Glenn Jimmerson, Brad Joseph

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To most people in the human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) profession, integrating knowledge gathered from HF/E research as early as possible into the design of a product or system in order to reap the most benefits for the least costs is a necessity. Yet many products and systems enter production without having undergone an ergonomic design or human factor analysis. How one human modeling application, 3DSSPP/AutoCAD, helped to evaluate a Ford Motor Company assembly workplace and how it proved its merits compared with on-site ergonomics analyses are presented. Simulations combining CAD and human modeling software prove as effective as on-site ergonomics assessments in the automotive assembly task analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages7
Specialist publicationErgonomics in Design
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Glenn Jimmerson works in the advanced manufacturing technology development division at Ford Motor Company. The research and development of the 3DSSPP/ AutoCAD interface program was supported by Ford Motor Company.

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