An Ergonomics study on assembly line workstation design

Baba Md Deros, Nor Kamaliana Khamis, Ahmad Rasdan Ismail, Haris Jamaluddin, Azmi Mat Adam, Sarudin Rosli

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Abstract

Problem statement: High demand for products in the manufacturing industry had driven the human workers to work faster and adapt to their un-ergonomically designed workstation. Some tasks at assembly workstations require human workers to stand for a prolonged period of time to assemble the products. Approach: This study was conducted at an automotive component manufacturer. Twenty fulltime workers working at the assembly line participated as subjects in this study. Observations were made and recorded with respect to working postures practiced while performing their assembly tasks. In addition, subjects' anthropometric data and current workstations dimensions were measured to determine whether they are suitable or not to perform the assembly tasks. Results: The findings from this study showed that there are four types of awkward postures and anthropometric data mismatches that had contributed to Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) problems, faced by the subjects. Conclusion: The findings from this study shows the current assembly workstation at Company A need to be redesign to eliminate awkward postures and anthropometric mismatches to lower MSDs problem and improve productivity among assembly workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1195-1201
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume8
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • Anthropometric data
  • Assembly tasks
  • Assembly workstations
  • Awkward posture
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
  • Unergonomically
  • Workstation design

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An Ergonomics study on assembly line workstation design. / Md Deros, Baba; Khamis, Nor Kamaliana; Ismail, Ahmad Rasdan; Jamaluddin, Haris; Adam, Azmi Mat; Rosli, Sarudin.

In: American Journal of Applied Sciences, Vol. 8, No. 11, 2011, p. 1195-1201.

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Md Deros, Baba ; Khamis, Nor Kamaliana ; Ismail, Ahmad Rasdan ; Jamaluddin, Haris ; Adam, Azmi Mat ; Rosli, Sarudin. / An Ergonomics study on assembly line workstation design. In: American Journal of Applied Sciences. 2011 ; Vol. 8, No. 11. pp. 1195-1201.
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