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Development of an Intuitive Grader Control
University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This project has been carried out in cooperation with Volvo Construction Equipment. A new control intended to give an intuitive understanding for the new generation of operators of how to handle the motor grader has been developed. The project includes parts of the development process, idea to finished concept.

The project started with a thorough study of the functions of motor graders not only those built by Volvo but also those from the biggest competitors. Interviews were made with operators about today’s and future controls of graders. In comparison the competitors seem to offer better controls both from ergonomic and cognitive points of view.

Hitherto too little interest has been focused by design engineers in problems of the operators. Operators are exposed to wear and tear when driving the graders and they also have difficulties driving the machines all because of the design of the manoeuvring device.

From the start to the final concept a great variety of people has been involved in this project e.g. young and old operators, scientists and constructors resulting in a large spread of ideas.

The final concept is a new thinking control with respect to the combination of functionality, ergonomics and intuitivety.

Abstract [sv]

Detta projekt har gjorts i samarbete med Volvo Construction Equipment. En ny kontroll har utvecklats som syftar till att ge en intuitiv förståelse för nästa generations väghyvelförare om hur väghyveln hanteras. Projektet inkluderar delar av designprocessen, idé till färdigt koncept.

Projektet inleddes med en grundlig studie av väghyvelns funktioner, inte bara de som Volvo tillhandahåller utan även konkurrenternas. Intervjuer hölls med operatörer med frågor om dagens manövrering och framtida lösningar. I jämförelse förefaller det som att konkurrenterna tillhandahåller bättre lösningar på kontrollen ur ergonomiska och kognitiva perspektiv.

Tidigare har de problem som operatören upplever inte varit i fokus i produktutvecklingsprocessen. Operatörer riskerar förslitningsskador när de kör väghyveln. De har, på grund av utformningen av styrenheten, även svårigheter att manövrera väghyveln samtidigt som de kör.

Redan från start har en stor variation av människor varit inblandade i projektet t.ex. yngre och äldre förare, forskare och konstruktörer. Detta har resulterat i en stor spridning av idéer.

Slutkonceptet är en nytänkande kontroll med avseende på kombination av funktionalitet, ergonomi och intuitivitet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 74 p.
Keyword [en]
design, vehicle, maneuver, control, ergonomics, human machine interaction, intuitive, grader
Keyword [sv]
design, fordon, manövrering, kontroll, ergonomi, människa, maskin, interaktion, intuitiv, väghyvel
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Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-8076OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-8076DiVA: diva2:615060
Subject / course
Product Design Engineering
Educational program
Product Design Engineer
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Technology
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Available from: 2013-04-10 Created: 2013-04-08 Last updated: 2013-04-10Bibliographically approved

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