|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
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
Master thesis, Project thesis, Internship
Master thesis, Bachelor thesis, Project thesis, Internship