How industrial engineers can plan workspace ergonomics right from the start
In the midst of a demographic change, health-promoting jobs can also bring economic benefits. Physically strenuous activities that are performed very frequently are adding up. Improved movement sequences also increase efficiency. With Halocline, work processes can be tested, recorded and evaluated in detail in different variants. Through this the affected workers can be involved in the planning and can contribute their experience and knowledge even before the shop floor is set up.
The consideration of ergonomics in the planning of workstations is expensive and helpful tools are often missing. As a result, a professional evaluation is only carried out when a workstation is finished and set up in the factory. A subsequent adaptation of production facilities to ergonomic principles is very costly.
So why not include ergonomics in the early planning stages?
Alignment of the workplace to the human bein
Standardized measurements for all workers are a problem in planning
In virtual reality, the body can experience distances — we can feel how far we have to stretch to grab a part from a shelf. Thus, any difficulties within work processes can already be discovered and solved in the planning context. For example, the correct height of work surfaces and shelves can be ensured by simple testing. But there are deviations depending on the body height of the workers. While industrial engineers sometimes rely on standardized values, Halocline Layout now enables them to visualize and plan ergonomic workstations to the right dimensions.
Workplace design in times of COVID-19
The health of the employees is a priority. In times of Corona, distance regulations are becoming very important. Therefore we have added a new feature: the “corona zone”. Thanks to the new function, industrial engineers can plan work areas in which several workers move around in such a way that required distances can be easily maintained.