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The Impact of Poor Assembly Ergonomics on Product Quality: A Cost-Benefit Analysis in Car Manufacturing
Chalmers University of Technology.
Chalmers University of Technology.
University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
2010 (English)In: Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, ISSN 1090-8471, E-ISSN 1520-6564, Vol. 20, no 1, 24-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The study aimed at analyzing the relationship between assembly ergonomics, assemblability (“ease of assembly”), and product quality and at quantifying these relationships in economic terms. This was in order to better to support the development of more ergonomic product and assembly solutions, particularly at early stages of the car development process. The assembly of 24,443 cars was studied for 8 weeks in an assembly plant and for another 16 weeks as factory-complete vehicles. The results show increased risks for quality errors of 3.0 and 3.7 times and total action costs that were 8.7 times and 8.2 times higher for high and medium physical load assemblies compared to low physical load assemblies for 55 tasks assessed.

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Wiley Periodicals, Inc. , 2010. Vol. 20, no 1, 24-41 p.
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Ergonomics, Quality impact, Economics, Cost-benefit, Manufacturing
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Engineering and Technology
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Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-4046DOI: 10.1002/hfm.20172ISI: 000275138200003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77952667251OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-4046DiVA: diva2:323371
Available from: 2010-06-10 Created: 2010-06-10 Last updated: 2012-11-22Bibliographically approved

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