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Study: Ergonomics Programs Pay Off Big

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ANN ARBOR, MI—The return-on-investment of a site ergonomics program can exceed three times the investment, according to a new study from consulting firm Humantech Inc.


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Survey Seeks Data on Ergonomics Programs

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ANN ARBOR, MI—Humantech is conducting a survey on the use of computer technology for managing ergonomics programs. This online, confidential survey consists of 16 questions and is open to any company with an established ergonomics program.


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Avatars Do Heavy Lifting at Ford Assembly Plant

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DEARBORN, MI—Engineers at Ford Motor Co. have created virtual representations of employees— called “avatars”—to assess whether articulating arms and other ergonomic aids could help with assembly.


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Cranes, Hoists and Lift-Assist Devices Aid Workers on the Assembly Line

Equipment options range from robust cranes and hoists, to intelligent assist devices and flexible work positioners.
By Jim Camillo
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For many years, plant managers told assemblers to “work smarter, not harder” without providing them the proper tools to achieve this goal. This was especially challenging for workers who had to lift heavy objects around their workstations.


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Item Workbenches Approved for Healthy Backs

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SOLINGEN, German—Item Industrietechnik GmbH has become the first supplier of industrial workbenches to be awarded the “certified and recommended” seal of approval by the independent Campaign for Healthy Backs.


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Manufacturers Sought for Ergonomics Study

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ANN ARBOR, MI—Consulting firm Humantech is seeking participants for its fifth benchmarking study on current and effective methods for managing ergonomics in the workplace.


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Ergonomic Lift Assist Device Improves Worker Safety, Productivity

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Workplace ergonomics is important to AUMA Reister GmbH & Co. KG, an international manufacturer of electric valve actuators and valve gearboxes for 50 years. This is because its workers often need to handle large or heavy components of these products.


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OSHA to Create Database of Workplace Injuries

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WASHINGTON—OSHA is reportedly planning a public database of workplace injury and illness incidents reported by manufacturers and other employees.


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Custom-Made Carts Provide Smooth Production Ride for Custom Wheels

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 Some of the world’s finest racing, performance and luxury cars feature wheels manufactured by HRE Performance Wheels, based in Vista, CA. HRE specializes in built-to-order wheel sets of one- or three-piece forged aluminum wheels. 


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Twitter Chats to Focus on Ergonomics

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ANN ARBOR, MI—Humantech and Ergotron will host two ergonomics “Twitter chats” this month with a board-certified professional ergonomist. Participants can tweet their questions using the hashtag #ergochat during the sessions.


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EVENTS

Managing an Ergonomics Process

4/10/14
Ann Arbor, MI
United States

 Attendees will develop the ability to recognize, plan, and integrate the strategic elements of ergonomics into their current business processes. This workshop is not an introductory course and is intended for those who have previously attended the Applied Industrial Ergonomics seminar.  

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The New Age of Lifting: How Intelligent Lifting Devices are Changing the Game

5/13/14
Online

This webinar will delve into the ergonomic advantages of Intelligent Lifting Devices (ILDs).

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Advanced Ergonomic Design Workshop

6/19/14
Ann Arbor, MI
United States

 This workshop takes you beyond identifying and assessing ergonomic risk, and leads you into “designing out” the risk to begin with.  Through hands-on experiences and group activities, some of which may be held off-site, participants will learn how to evaluate existing equipment and propose methodologies for good ergonomic design. This workshop is for people who have previously participated in the Applied Industrial Ergonomics training course.  

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Applied Industrial Ergonomics

9/23/14
Ann Arbor, MI
United States

This two-day seminar focuses on practical approaches to improving problem jobs, increasing productivity, and reducing injuries in an industrial environment. Attendees will learn to evaluate workstations and equipment, identify factors contributing to work-related musculoskeletal disorders, and prioritize ergonomic improvements. 

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Managing an Ergonomics Process

9/25/14
Ann Arbor, MI
United States

 Attendees will develop the ability to recognize, plan, and integrate the strategic elements of ergonomics into their current business processes. This workshop is not an introductory course and is intended for those who have previously attended the Applied Industrial Ergonomics seminar.  

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Applied Industrial Ergonomics

11/4/14
Ann Arbor, MI
United States

This two-day seminar focuses on practical approaches to improving problem jobs, increasing productivity, and reducing injuries in an industrial environment. Attendees will learn to evaluate workstations and equipment, identify factors contributing to work-related musculoskeletal disorders, and prioritize ergonomic improvements. 

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Advanced Ergonomic Design Workshop

11/6/14
Ann Arbor, MI
United States

 This workshop takes you beyond identifying and assessing ergonomic risk, and leads you into “designing out” the risk to begin with.  Through hands-on experiences and group activities, some of which may be held off-site, participants will learn how to evaluate existing equipment and propose methodologies for good ergonomic design. This workshop is for people who have previously participated in the Applied Industrial Ergonomics training course.  

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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.

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