Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering   »   2012 Vol.10, No.2

 

 

Title: Evaluation of a low-cost ergonomically designed adjustable assembly workstation

 

Authors: Ashraf A. Shikdar; Mohamed A. Al-Hadhrami

 

Addresses:
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, P.O. Box 33, Al-Khod 123, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, P.O. Box 33, Al-Khod 123, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

 

Abstract: Fully adjustable, ergonomically designed assembly workstations could be expensive for companies to adopt. Therefore, an alternative low-cost, ergonomically designed adjustable assembly workstation was designed, developed and evaluated in a manufacturing company. Experiments were conducted on the existing and on the low-cost, ergonomically designed assembly workstation using ten industrial assembly operators. Operator performance on the low-cost, ergonomically designed workstation was 27% higher compared to the existing non-ergonomically designed assembly workstation. The increased performance was due to flexibility and ergonomic design features incorporated in the workstation. The cost of the workstation was three times less compared to the cost of a fully adjustable, ergonomically designed assembly workstation (smart assembly workstation) designed earlier.

 

Keywords: adjustable workstations; ergonomic design; assembly tasks; worker performance; low-cost workstations; assembly workstations; ergonomics; manufacturing industry; flexibility; workstation design.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2012.045178

 

Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2012 Vol.10, No.2, pp.153 - 166

 

Available online: 27 Jan 2012

 

 

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