Joystick ergonomic study in material handling using virtual humans

Esteban Peña Pitarch, Jingzhou Yang, Karim Abdel-Malek, Joo Kim, Tim Marler

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Abstract

Raw material and product manufacturing are related to material handling. Although there have been great advances in technologies, regulations, methodologies, strategies, and workplace safety, the number of fatalities, the severity of injuries, and the number of lost workdays per accident-incident related to material handling continue keeping high. Some hand injuries occur when the operators repetitively use joysticks to handle materials in manufacturing environment. This paper studies joystick ergonomics used in the material handling equipment and evaluates the design and use of joysticks using a new generation of virtual humans (Santos™). The Denavit-Hartenberg method is implemented to analyze the 25-degree-of-freedom (DOF) hand model of the virtual humans. Human performance measures (joint torques and joint displacements) are criteria for the design of joysticks in the material handling machines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Manufacturing Engineering Division, MED
Pages1415-1420
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event2005 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2005 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2005Nov 11 2005

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Manufacturing Engineering Division, MED
Volume16-2

Other

Other2005 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2005
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period11/5/0511/11/05

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Keywords

  • Grasping
  • Injuries
  • Material handling
  • Virtual humans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Pitarch, E. P., Yang, J., Abdel-Malek, K., Kim, J., & Marler, T. (2005). Joystick ergonomic study in material handling using virtual humans. In American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Manufacturing Engineering Division, MED (pp. 1415-1420). (American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Manufacturing Engineering Division, MED; Vol. 16-2). https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2005-79968