Workplace Ergonomics

Proactive Ergonomics and Cart Handling in the Automotive Industry

Proactive Ergonomics and Cart Handling in the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry has a long and successful history of employing manual material handling ergonomics programs to reduce the likelihood of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and utilizing proactive ergonomics as a tool for improving both operational efficiencies and product quality. Find out more about proactive ergonomic best practices in implementing new or retrofit industrial ergonomics programs in the automotive industry.
Highlights from ErgoExpo 2017

Highlights from ErgoExpo 2017

The Darcor team just came back from attending the 2017 National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo held in late August at Paris in Las Vegas. Find out what you may have missed as we highlight some of the best of ErgoExpo.
ErgoExpo 2017 - What's Trending in Ergonomics?

ErgoExpo 2017 – What’s Trending in Ergonomics?

The 2017 National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo is quickly approaching. The ErgoExpo is being held August 22-25, 2017 at Paris in Las Vegas. The Darcor team is looking forward to the exciting speakers and sessions scheduled at the ErgoExpo this year.
The Importance of the Right Casters on Medical Equipment in a Healthcare Environment

The Importance of the Right Casters on Medical Equipment in a Healthcare Environment

To understand the importance of using the right casters on medical equipment in a healthcare environment, let us examine a scene in an archetypal hospital where patients, carts and sensitive equipment are constantly ushered to various rooms, crossing multiple floors and possibly traveling long distance. Since the environment is in flux, it is imperative to consider the performance and failure rates of casters when evaluating the design of medical equipment both using original casters and replacement casters. Since casters need to constantly perform at their peak and be durable to create a positive impact on ROI, the logical next step is to examine how to identify the right casters for intended applications. Here are a few key points to consider:
Safe Operating Envelope

Safe Operating Envelope

Just as there are safe operating envelopes for aircraft, there are safe operating envelopes for pushing and pulling carts. Just as for aircraft, the strength and endurance capabilities of the human operator play an important role in determining the safe operating envelopes for carts. Operating forces that stress the operator beyond their limits are outside the safe operating envelope. Consequently, measuring the forces exerted by the cart operator and comparing those forces to known operator limits is the basis for determining a safe operating envelope.
Maintaining Carts for Optimal Push/Pull Forces

Maintaining Carts for Optimal Push/Pull Forces

In North America, limiting the risk of injury while handling carts is commonly done by keeping the operating forces at or below a reference force limit. For example, starting a cart moving shouldn’t require a force more than about 220 newtons (or 50 pounds of force). A good, systematic approach to managing the safety of pushing and pulling carts must ensure that the operating force is within the recommended limits to begin with and then remains there throughout the cart’s working life. Consequently, a manual cart safety program must do more than an initial test of cart operating forces or documenting a purchasing specification for cart push pull forces. Routinely testing carts to ensure that the operating forces are maintained within safe limits is an essential part of managing cart safety. Not to do so means that an operators’ risk exposure is unknown and uncontrolled.
Case Study: A Closer Look at How Low Quality Casters Will Cost Your Organization in Productivity

Case Study: A Closer Look at How Low Quality Casters Will Cost Your Organization in Productivity

What is the Value of Productivity in Your Operations? Continuous improvement and lean manufacturing are top-of-mind with manufacturing and distribution organizations worldwide. The concept is that incremental changes can result in major cost wins for the organization. In a recent real-life client test scenario, high quality casters proved to be effective in increasing worker productivity by 10%. When factoring in wage costs of workers, this translates to significant productivity improvement related cost savings.
Designing Wheeled Equipment: Purchasing Considerations to Achieve Long-Term Ergonomic and Economic Success

Designing Wheeled Equipment: Purchasing Considerations to Achieve Long-Term Ergonomic and Economic Success

For organizations that rely heavily on wheeled equipment in their day-to-day operations, the purchasing department is tasked with making purchasing decisions that impact the design and handling of equipment. The purchasing department’s main goal is to minimize purchasing costs. This goal can be in direct opposition of other departmental goals. It’s important to remember that a solution that has a low up-front cost is not going to give the long-term, maintenance-free performance and ergonomic benefits of a higher quality, better engineered and therefore more expensive product.
Bariatric Care: Ergo-mobility Improves Quality of Life

Bariatric Care: Ergo-mobility Improves Quality of Life

By Wayne Hodgins | Workplace Ergonomics | January 17th, 2017 | Comments (0)
Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the treatment, control and management of obese individuals. The bariatric industry has shown rapid and continued growth as the population gets physically bigger. As a result, ergonomic considerations come into play to support obese individual to maintain and improve quality of life. Supporting obese individuals in today’s society, whether through workplace ergonomics or bariatric healthcare solutions, requires specialized design considerations. Specialized caster and wheel technologies have been developed to provide much lower pushing forces and long term performance caster solutions for medical devices and medical equipment.
Workplace Ergonomics and Your Baby Boomer Workforce

Workplace Ergonomics and Your Baby Boomer Workforce

By Maureen Thorne | Workplace Ergonomics | December 2nd, 2016 | Comments (0)
Baby Boomers and Older Gen Xers make up a significant portion of today’s workforce. These groups have an abundance of expertise and knowledge that keeps businesses running at peak performance. The problem for organizations is that these older workers are going to be exiting the workforce, taking their knowledge with them – in particular, in the manufacturing industry; this is commonly known as “The Brain Drain”. The reality is that Baby Boomers and Older Gen Xers are “aging out” of the workforce. They may be experiencing physical limitations which lead them to get ready for retirement. As they retire, there will be a mass exodus of crucial business intelligence that goes with them.

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