|Project title||Development of ergonomically optimized forging tongs for power-assisted and vibration-damped handling of forged parts (ErgoZang)|
|Project duration||01.03.2019 – 28.02.2021|
The forging industry is characterised by small and medium-sized enterprises. SMEs are characterised by small batch sizes and a high degree of flexibility. Forging tongs are therefore used for gripping, transporting and holding forgings. Forging tongs have no ergonomic properties. The combination of permanent gripping, partly high component weights of up to 20 kg and occurring shocks and vibrations of the press is extremely stressful for the employee in the long run. This results in a large number of possible illnesses/failures (e.g. diseases of the musculoskeletal system, vascular damage).
The aim of this research project is therefore to develop a forging tong which is ergonomically shaped, dampens shocks and vibrations, provides support in applying the gripping force and reduces the loads caused by the component weight.
Publications about the project
This paper presents concepts for shock and vibration reduction of a forging tongs. In the forging industry, hand-operated forging tongs are often used for the machining of forged parts. Here, the employees are exposed to high loads from shocks and vibrations of the forming machines. A simulation model that has been created evaluates concepts for reducing the shocks and vibrations during forging
Ergonomics, forging, shock and vibration reduction
Handling hot steel parts weighing several kilos is physically demanding. A new type of forging tongs is designed to reduce stress at work, prevent pain and reduce sick leave.
forging, ergonomic, stress reduction
Bachelor thesis, Project thesis