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Coordinating the interruption of assembly workers in manufacturing
University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. (User Centred Product Design)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2627-0079
University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. (User Centred Product Design)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8369-5471
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Interaction Lab)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0946-7531
2017 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 58, 361-371 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 58, 361-371 p.
Keyword [en]
Interruptions, Manual assembly, Manufacturing
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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
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Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-12770DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.07.015ISI: 000384776100042Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84982833592OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-12770DiVA: diva2:951678
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Sense&React
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EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, FP7-314350
Available from: 2016-08-09 Created: 2016-08-09 Last updated: 2016-10-28Bibliographically approved

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