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Human Factors + Ergonomics Lab Research + Equipment

Our research focuses on two primary areas: aging and ergonomics, and the integration of safety with process improvement.

Current and recent projects include:

  • Integration of Safety with Process Improvement for Sustainable Manufacturing (funded by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation)
  • NIOSH Training Project Grant in Occupational Safety (currently in year 5 of funding)
  • Ergonomic Evaluations of Solar Panel Installation
  • Engineering Communication in the Workplace
  • Development of an Accessibility Rubric
  • Use of Lean Tools to Increase Teamwork Among Different Age Employees
  • Development of Leading Indicators
  • Use of Value Stream Mapping to Improve the Ergonomic Procurement Process

 

Located in Stocker Center 290, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory is used for both academic and research activities. The lab contains multiple computers for student use. The laboratory’s equipment and software are listed below:

Equipment for Ergonomic Assessment and Teaching

  • Force Gauges
  • Biometrics DataLog
  • Biometrics Goniometers (wrist, arm, and back)
  • Surface Electromyography system
  • Baseline 7-piece hand evaluation set
  • Lafayette Anthropometers
  • Digital Camera and Camcorder
  • Extech Sound Level Meter (2)
  • Extech EasyView Light Meter
  • Extech Digital Psychrometer Kit
  • Quest Sound Level Meter
  • Polar Heart rate watches (4)
  • Lafayette multi-function timer/counter
  • Hand tools (for hand tool analysis)
  • Stopwatches and measuring tapes
  • Anatomical models (back, arm, hand, and knee)
  • Usability and Graphics Software

Ergonomics and Analysis Software

  • Minitab
  • Michigan 3DSSP