Development of ergonomically optimized forging tongs for power-assisted and vibration-damped handling of forged parts

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
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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.

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The IGF project IGF 20505 N/1 of the Research Association Steel Forming (FSV) 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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