Current ergonomics analysis and biomechanical measurement techniques allow designers to quantify usability in remarkable ways. They can, for example, track the biomechanical stressors or discomfort at any part of the hand when it is being used to grasp a hand tool, or on any section of the interface between a seated person and a chair. This information can result in small but vital differences to the features of a tool that may end up being used for difficult and prolonged industrial tasks. And they can result in measurable and perceived design improvements in a market where many products are labeled ‘ergonomic’.
Our applied research spans a broad range of products. In some cases the research has resulted in products with a reduced risk of work related disorders – such as seats less likely to cause back pain and discomfort, pneumatic and electric power tools less likely to cause hand/arm injuries, even pruners that conformed closely to the grip strengths and spans of typical gardeners.
In other cases the research has resulted in products that were more comfortable and effective – such as irons and washing machines, toothbrushes, and product packaging.
Contact Ergonomics Works if you have ergonomic issues with:
Designing handles for powered and manual tools
Design of general and specialized seating
Comparing the biomechanical characteristics of competing products