13 October 2000 User-friendly program for multitask analysis
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Proceedings Volume 4192, Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing III; (2000) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.403673
Event: Intelligent Systems and Smart Manufacturing, 2000, Boston, MA, United States
Research on lifting activities has led to the design of several useful tools for evaluating tasks that involve lifting and material handling. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed a single task lifting equation. This formula has been frequently used as a guide in the field of ergonomics and material handling. While being much more complicated, the multi-task formula will provide a more realistic analysis for the evaluation of lifting and material handling jobs. A user friendly tool has been developed to assist professionals in the field of ergonomics in analyzing multitask types of material handling jobs. The program allows for up to 10 different tasks to be evaluated. The program requires a basic understanding of the NIOSH lifting guidelines and the six multipliers that are involved in the analysis of each single task. These multipliers are: Horizontal Distance Multiplier (HM), Vertical Distance Multiplier (VM), Vertical Displacement Multiplier (DM), Frequency of lifting Multiplier (FM), Coupling Multiplier (CM), and the Asymmetry Multiplier (AM). Once a given job is analyzed, a researched list of recommendations is provided to the user in an attempt to reduce the potential risk factors that are associated with each task.
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Sergio A. Caporali, Sergio A. Caporali, Magdy Akladios, Magdy Akladios, Paul E. Becker, Paul E. Becker, "User-friendly program for multitask analysis", Proc. SPIE 4192, Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing III, (13 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.403673; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.403673

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