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A cooking platform for the elderly: redesign study of the Chef Elevated
2006 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis project was performed at Electrolux Cooking Plant located in Dudley Park, Adelaide, Australia. It is a division of Electrolux Home Products Pty Ltd. The Electrolux Group is today the world's largest producer of powered appliances for kitchen, cleaning and outdoor use. Because Australia’s population is ageing, as in the rest of the developed world, elderly is becoming a larger group of consumers. To reach this consumer segment Electrolux have marketed the “Elevated cooker”. This cooker consists of one oven placed side by side with one cooktop. This configuration makes it possible to mount the product at kitchen bench height, improving the ergonomics, and making it suitable for people with restricted movement. The objective of the project was to generate solutions of improvements for the Elevated cooker. The method used throughout the project is Systematic Development work. During the work the problem was divided into eight categories to give the work a better structure. The categories are: configurations, oven load/unload, oven door, viewing oven contents, grill, cooktop/top surface, controls and displays and safety features. The result of this project is a concept for a new Elevated, which will allow persons to cook with less effort than with the existing model. This is achieved primarily by solutions that have low demands for gripping, eyesight and strength. The safety and appearance of the cooker is improved as well. The solutions are presented with renderings and writing. If the Elevated cooker will remain a selling product, significant improvements are definitely necessary. Hopefully this report will be of essential value to Electrolux if a redesign is put into practice.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, ergonomics, elderly, cooker, cooking oven
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-47356ISRN: LTU-EX--06/170--SELocal ID: 4e96b80e-30af-4b86-b5a1-4439a559742aOAI: diva2:1020677
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Ergonomic Design & Production Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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