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Preventing Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Manufacturing by Digital Human Modeling

Faculty of Computer Science and Management, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, 50-370 Wrocław, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(22), 8676; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228676
Received: 12 October 2020 / Revised: 18 November 2020 / Accepted: 20 November 2020 / Published: 22 November 2020
This research concerns the workplace design methodology, involving digital human models, that prevents work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). We propose an approach that, in conjunction with one of the classic WMSD risk assessment methods, allows one to simplify simulations in a three-dimensional digital environment. Two real-life workstations from a manufacturing industry were modelled in a 3D Studio Max environment by means of an Anthropos ErgoMax system. A number of simulations show that, for the examined cases, classic boundary mannequins’ approaches can be replaced by using 50th percentile of a population individual, with a minimal impact on the WMSD risk. Although, the finding might not be suitable in all situations, it should be considered, especially where compromise solutions are being sought due to other criteria. View Full-Text
Keywords: occupational safety and health; musculoskeletal disorders; digital human models; anthropometry; design occupational safety and health; musculoskeletal disorders; digital human models; anthropometry; design
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Grobelny, J.; Michalski, R. Preventing Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Manufacturing by Digital Human Modeling. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8676. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228676

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Grobelny J, Michalski R. Preventing Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Manufacturing by Digital Human Modeling. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(22):8676. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228676

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Grobelny, Jerzy, and Rafał Michalski. 2020. "Preventing Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Manufacturing by Digital Human Modeling" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 22: 8676. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228676

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