Real-time-capable camera-based ergonomics assessment and development of measures for the assembly process

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Industry 4.0
Project title Real-time-capable camera-based ergonomics assessment and development of measures for the assembly process (WorkCam)
Project duration 01.04.2017 – 31.03.2019
Project website www.workcam.iph-hannover.de
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The project's goal is to develop a camera-based evaluation system for automatically identifying non ergonomical assembly procedures in real time. With this system, from an ergonomical point of view, critical procedures are recognized and alternative assembly procedures are shown to the worker.

There are multiple benefits using the proposed system: Companies are able to ergonomically optimize assembly operations and therefore not only save worker's health but also minimize assembly errors in the long run.

State of the art ergonomic analysis is still in need of an expert evaluating videotaped assembly tasks. An automatic system may be a game-changer for small and medium sized enterprises, having a small invest and no need for a highly skilled worker.

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  • 18.04.2018 - 16.04.2018
  • Sartorius Lab Instruments GmbH & Co. KG, Otto-BrennerStraße 20, 37079 Göttingen
  • 31.05.2017, 09:00 h - 14:30 h
  • Produktionstechnisches Zentrum Hannover (PZH), An der Universität 2, 30823 Garbsen
  • Seminar room 2b

Publications about the project

Awkward bending, lifting heavy items, working overhead: Such movements may cause permanent health problems. As a preventive measure, researchers of IPH and IFA developed an ergonomics assessment tool for assembly workplaces: 3D cameras capture unhealthy movements automatically.

3D camera system, ergonomics assessment, assembly

Work-related illnesses and their results may pose a threat to businesses' productivity. This may as well affect businesses' competitiveness for the worse. A workplace designed by methods of ergonomic workplace-design may counter some of the caused issues. But companies often lack knowledge or fear required financial resources to restructure workplaces. With this article technical requirements to an automated ergonomics assesment system are described.

ergonomics, evaluation, optimization, workplace design

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The IGF project 19343 N of the Association for Traffic Management and Logistics (GVB) is funded via the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) in the programme of Industrial Collective Research (IGF) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) based on a decision of the German Bundestag.

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