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Ergonomic effects of a management-based rationalization in assembly work: A case study
Luleå tekniska universitet.
Luleå tekniska universitet.
1996 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 27, no 2, p. 89-99Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Due to unsatisfactory productivity, a large company in the Swedish manufacturing industry decided to rationalize their assembly system. The intended rationalization comprised several changes with deliberate ergonomic implications. The main aim of the present study was to evaluate the impact of the rationalization on the physical work load of the operators. The work load was assessed before and after the changes using expert observations, company records and direct technical measurements. The results indicate that the intervention led to only minor changes in muscle load, body postures and movement patterns. Several of the planned initiatives were never implemented, e.g. teaching the workers multiple skills and designing work stations at which a major part of the assembly sequence could be performed. This was mainly due to a policy revision caused by changes in the market situation. In spite of the company's original intentions, the revised production system contained only minor ergonomic improvements. Thus, the realization of the ergonomic potential in a rationalization seems to depend on management culture, as well as factors outside the company.

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1996. Vol. 27, no 2, p. 89-99
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Industrial Work Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-8604DOI: 10.1016/0003-6870(95)00063-1ISI: A1996UD60700004Local ID: 72084690-d4ac-11db-8550-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-8604DiVA, id: diva2:981542
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Godkänd; 1996; 20070317 (ysko)

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