Possibilities and Challenges for Proactive Manufacturing Ergonomics

  • Erik BrolinEmail author
  • Nafise Mahdavian
  • Dan Högberg
  • Lars Hanson
  • Joakim Johansson
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 825)


This paper identifies and describes product development activities where ergonomics issues could be considered and illustrates how that could be done through a number of different approaches. The study is divided into two parts where an interview study is done to identify where in a product development process consideration of ergonomics issues are or could be done. The second part of the study includes an observation, motion capture and simulation study of current manufacturing operations to evaluate and compare three different assessment approaches; observational based ergonomics evaluation, usages of motion capture data and DHM simulation and evaluation. The results shows the importance of consideration of ergonomics in early development phases and that the ergonomics assessment process is integrated in the overall product and production development process.


Proactive Ergonomics Manufacturing Digital human modelling Process 



This work has been made possible with the support from the research environment INFINIT at University of Skövde, supported by the Knowledge Foundation (VEAP project). Support has also been given by the participating organization in the research project. All of this support is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Engineering ScienceUniversity of SkövdeSkövdeSweden
  2. 2.Industrial Development, Scania CVSödertäljeSweden
  3. 3.Bombardier Transportation Sweden ABVästeråsSweden

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