SIMTER: a Multi-Aspect Virtual Production System Evaluation Tool.
Paper in proceedings, 2009

Production systems consist of complex combinations of human-and-machine interactions, material flows, energy transitions and workflows. Additionally, production enterprises are challenged with handling the environmental impacts and societal effects of their processes – including workplace ergonomics. One way of testing different system solutions quickly, early and at low cost (or consequence) is to use computer-based simulation. This paper introduces the production simulation tool SIMTER, which allows users to build a 3D animated model of a human-machine work system and explore the output consequences of different Levels of Automation (ranging from letting tasks be performed by either a human worker, a human worker using a range of tools, or an automated machine). The SIMTER tool facilitates concurrent assessment of Ergonomics, Automation Levels and Environmental Impacts. Development work to date has shown that combining these factors is technically feasible and potentially very useful for integrating ergonomics into design processes.


human factors

work system design


Cecilia Berlin

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Salla Lind

Juhani Heilala

Juhani Viitaniemi

Proceedings of the XLth Conference of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists, September 14-17, 2009

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Mechanical Engineering

Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology

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