In 2017 (and beyond) Saturn Ergonomics is introducing exciting new technology innovations in applied ergonomics. These include
MULTI-TASK FORCE EVALUATION
Ability to evaluate forces of different magnitudes (even forces of different frequencies & durations) in the same calculation.
CONTEXTUAL FORCE EVALUATION
Determine acceptable limit for a specific force exertion, factoring-in the other (contextual) surrounding forces.
FORCE ESTIMATION TECHNOLOGY
Sometimes it is difficult to measure a force directly (i.e., can't get a gauge on it, no parts available, etc.). The problem is a stronger person’s “3” rating may be a weaker person’s “6” rating. Force Estimation Technology converts individual 1-10 subjective force estimates to actual force values, taking into account force type (grip, pinch, etc.), gender, and individual strength capability.
MUSCLE FATIGUE EVALUATION
Collaborating with leading academic & industry professionals to develop & refine exciting new technologies for evaluating muscle fatigue. The base technology has potential applications in job rotation, line balancing, ergonomic risk assessment, ergonomic design, and employee selection & placement.
INDIVIDUALIZED RISK ASSESSMENT
Technologies for evaluating injury risk & muscle fatigue based on individual characteristics such as gender, age, size, and strength.
SIMULATED ERGO EVALUATION
Moving beyond static design/evaluation for a theoretical or standard population (say 25th percentile female). This technology opens the door to evaluating work by taking into account the individual differences of workers assigned to jobs - providing real-time, relevant risk exposure metrics. Potential offshoot technologies are optimized job rotation plan development and simulated evaluation of random worker populations.
Buckle up! 2017 is going to be an exciting year for innovation in applied ergonomics.
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