Coordinating the interruption of assembly workers in manufacturing
2017 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 58, 361-371 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper examines how interruptions from information and communications technology systems affect errors and the time to complete tasks for assembly workers. Interruptions have previously been examined in laboratory experiments and office environments, but not much work has been performed in other authentic environments. This paper contains the results of an experiment that was performed in a simulated manufacturing assembly environment, which tested the effects of interruptions on a manual assembly task. The experiment used existing interruption coordination methods as a basis, and the results showed a difference in the effect of interruptions and interruption coordination between cognitively complex laboratory tasks and manual assembly tasks in an authentic environment. Most notably, the negative effects of interruptions delivered without consideration were smaller in this experiment. Based on these findings, recommendations were developed for designing interruption systems for minimizing the costs (errors and time) imposed by interruptions during assembly tasks in manufacturing.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 58, 361-371 p.
Interruptions, Manual assembly, Manufacturing
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-12770DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.07.015ISI: 000384776100042ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84982833592OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-12770DiVA: diva2:951678
FunderEU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, FP7-314350