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DHM supported assessment of the effects of using an exoskeleton during work
University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, Virtual Engineering Research Environment. (User Centred Product Design (UCPD))
University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, Virtual Engineering Research Environment. (User Centred Product Design (UCPD))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4596-3815
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, Informatics Research Environment. University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, Virtual Engineering Research Environment. (Interaction Lab (ILAB))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2254-1396
University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, Virtual Engineering Research Environment. (User Centred Product Design (UCPD))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0746-9816
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation, ISSN 1742-5549, Vol. 7, no 3/4, p. 231-246Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recently, exoskeletons have been gaining popularity in many industries, primarily for supporting manual assembly tasks. Due to the relative novelty of exoskeleton technologies, knowledge about the consequences of using these devices at workstations is still developing. Digital human modelling (DHM) and ergonomic evaluation tools may be of particular use in this context. However, there are no standard integrations of DHM and ergonomic assessment tools for assessing exoskeletons. This paper proposes a general method for evaluating the ergonomic effects of introducing an exoskeleton in a production context using DHM simulation tools combined with a modified existing ergonomic assessment framework. More specifically, we propose adapting the Assembly Specific Force Atlas tool to evaluate exoskeletons by increasing the risk level threshold proportionally to the amount of torque that the exoskeleton reduces in the glenohumeral joint. We illustrate this adaptation in a DHM tool. We believe the proposed methodology and the corresponding workflow can be helpful for decision-makers and stakeholders when considering implementing exoskeletons in a production environment.

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Geneva: InderScience Publishers, 2022. Vol. 7, no 3/4, p. 231-246
Keywords [en]
digital human modelling, DHM, assessment, ergonomics, exoskeleton, Assembly Specific Force Atlas, ASFA
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
User Centred Product Design; INF202 Virtual Ergonomics; Interaction Lab (ILAB)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-21703DOI: 10.1504/ijhfms.2021.10048920OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-21703DiVA, id: diva2:1689150
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VIVA - the Virtual Vehicle Assembler, VinnovaSynergy Virtual Ergonomics (SVE), Knowledge Foundation
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Vinnova, 2018-05026Knowledge Foundation, 20180167Available from: 2022-08-22 Created: 2022-08-22 Last updated: 2022-10-17Bibliographically approved

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Garcia Rivera, FranciscoHögberg, DanLamb, MauricePerez Luque, Estela

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