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International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics

International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics (IJHFE)

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International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics (3 papers in press)

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  • Study on the training of machine operators in the consumer goods industry   Order a copy of this article
    by Paul Weber, Franziska Bellinger, Lukas Oehm 
    Abstract: Increasing complexity of production machines of consumer goods increase their vulnerability to faults, making fault diagnosis a task in the daily work of a machine operator. Studies show a gap between the demanding tasks and the ability of operators in flexible problem solving, emphasising the need to ensure training. However, there is limited insight about training in this industry. Therefore, an exploratory survey was conducted. Participants representing machine manufacturers and producers answered questions about the scope and content of current training as well as its evaluation and needs. Results were analysed descriptively and revealed that most producers provide training which take place during the introduction of new employees or machines and mainly cover safety and routine activities. Half of the participants indicated that current training opportunities do not meet actual needs. Therefore, research should focus on developing concepts assisting producers and machine manufacturers in implementing training for deeper process understanding.
    Keywords: training; education; complex problem solving; fault diagnosis; machine operators; processing and packaging machines; fast-moving consumer goods; food industries.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHFE.2022.10052986
  • A new approach for human factors integration into design for maintenance: a case study in the aviation industry   Order a copy of this article
    by Fabien Bernard, Mohsen Zare, Raphael Paquin, Jean-Claude Sagot 
    Abstract: In the aviation maintenance industry, human factors/ergonomics (HFE) is increasingly considered by maintainability stakeholders in the aircraft development process. However, most of the stakeholders are not specialised in HFE, therefore the compromise between HFE and design criteria is not optimised. This paper has three main objectives. The first is to explain the limits already observed about integrating HFE into engineering design and design for maintenance. Based on this state, the second objective is to detail the design of a new approach called preliminary ergonomics analysis in maintainability (PEAM) to enhance integration of HFE in aviation maintenance by maintainability stakeholders with little or no HFE skills or knowledge. The last objective will present the results on the effectiveness of the PEAM implementation, comparing the situation before and after PEAM integration. Results show that the HFE is more efficiently integrated, with improvement in the simulation tools used.
    Keywords: human factors and ergonomics; HFE; maintainability; maintenance; aviation; helicopters; design office.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHFE.2023.10053231
  • Development of a gripping comfort evaluation method based on numerical simulations using individual hand finite element models   Order a copy of this article
    by Kazuki Hokari, Jonas A. Pramudita, Kazuya Okada, Masato Ito, Yuji Tanabe 
    Abstract: In this study, three individual hand finite element models with different dimensions were developed to perform grasping simulations. The performance of the three models was assessed by comparing the simulation results with experimental results in terms of gripping posture, contact pressure, and gripping comfort score. Results indicate that gripping comfort scores can be evaluated with sufficient precision by the grasping simulation. A contact pressure distribution dataset was then obtained by conducting grasping simulations under different conditions. Furthermore, a gripping comfort score dataset was generated by assigning the normalised contact pressures into a regression equation developed in a previous study (Hokari et al., 2019a). Consequently, gripping comfort can be evaluated more easily using a regression equation that predicts the gripping comfort score from the hand length and position of the thumb. The proposed evaluation method will allow designers to easily and quickly develop products with better gripping comfort.
    Keywords: grasping simulation; hand finite element model; hand dimension; gripping posture; contact pressure; gripping comfort score; dataset; regression equation; hand length; evaluation method.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJHFE.2023.10053423