Ergonomics in early product development - an interview study in five companies
Paper in proceeding, 2011

The objective was to explore how assembly ergonomics issues were regarded in early product development. Therefore, 64 stakeholders in five manufacturing companies were interviewed. Their answers show a fairly good awareness of the implications of poor assembly ergonomics but appropriate working procedures are missing. 58 respondents think that poor ergonomics can result in worse product quality. 47 state that profitability calculations are often necessary and 37 mean that ergonomics risks are taken due to missing calculation methods. Altogether, the results add further knowledge of what is required to achieve more complete and sustainable ergonomic solutions.


product development

Keywords: interview



Ann-Christine Falck

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Nordic Ergonomics Society (NES) Annual Conference, Oulu, Finland, 18-21 sept., 2011

Vol. 2011 40-45
978-951-42-9541-6 (ISBN)

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology

Areas of Advance




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