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Ergonomic Studies

Ergonomic Studies

The International Ergonomics Association defines ergonomics or human factors as follows:
“Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.”

Our system designs consider all aspects of human interactions with material handling equipment. Human ergonomic considerations in material handling system design include:

  • The weight of any carton or object lifted by workers
  • The height of objects (cartons, product, etc.) lifted
  • Frequency of product or carton movement
  • Initial or final elevation of items lifted
  • Size of object lifted or moved across a conveying or smooth surface


Some examples of ergonomic equipment studies during material handling systems design are:

  • Adjustable palletizing stations
  • Rolling carts
  • Transfer of cartons across roller conveyors
  • Work station chairs
  • Lift work tables
  • Manual or assisted lifts
  • Powered lift trucks
  • Quality control workstations
  • Pallet or carton turntables
  • Hoists