Redesign of a hand pallet truck by integrating ergonomics analysis and quality function deployment

Isa, Halim and Wan , Fadhli (2009) Redesign of a hand pallet truck by integrating ergonomics analysis and quality function deployment. Asian Journal of Ergonomics, 9. pp. 109-121. ISSN 1345-9570

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Abstract

Today, materials handling devices (MHDs) that provide effective handling of goods have become important tools in industrial workplaces. Hence proper design of MHDs can increase productivity, minimize the risk of injury and improve the comfort of industrial workers. Sprains and strain are common injuries experienced by workers due to misuse or improper design of MHDs. In recognition the importance of the MHD design, this study conducted to redesign the existing MHD for pushing and pulling activities in manufacturing industry, using a hand pallet truck (HPT) as case study. Ergonomics analysis and Quality Function Deployment (QFD) were integrated to redesign the HPT so that it can fulfill workers’ requirements while reducing stresses on workers during pushing or pulling activities. Based on the findings, we conclude that the integration of ergonomics analysis and QFD is an effective and scientific solution in designing an ergonomic HPT.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures
Divisions: Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering > Department of Manufacturing Management
Depositing User: Dr. Isa Halim
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2012 03:57
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 02:38
URI: http://eprints.utem.edu.my/id/eprint/3940
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