Title: Building quality into design process through digital human modelling

Authors: H. Onan Demirel; Vincent G. Duffy

Addresses: School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, Oregon State University, 204 Rogers Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA ' School of Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, 315 N. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2023, USA

Abstract: This paper represents modified virtual build methodology, which utilises digital human modelling as an approach to build quality into design process early in conceptualisation stage. Safety and reliability has utmost importance when it comes to total quality assurance. Ignoring or omitting safety and reliability aspects of human-product interactions not only result in poor market share, but also lead to injury and casualty. However, many industries still have the same challenge that products fail due to ignoring and/or omitting safety and reliability aspects of human-product interactions. Digital human modelling has the potential to integrate human capabilities, limitations and needs early into the product design process. This approach supports designers in minimising problems that could be detected and corrected earlier, which increase the likelihood of designing a safer and reliable product.

Keywords: digital human modelling; DHM; product design; design process; engineering design; human factors engineering; product quality; conceptual design; product safety; product reliability; human-product interaction.

DOI: 10.1504/IJDH.2016.077415

International Journal of the Digital Human, 2016 Vol.1 No.2, pp.153 - 168

Received: 03 Jun 2015
Accepted: 08 Feb 2016

Published online: 29 Jun 2016 *

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