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Document ID (ISN)102041
CIS number 03-1442
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Yeow P.H.P., Sen R.N.
Title Quality, productivity, occupational health and safety and cost effectiveness of ergonomic improvements in the test workstations of an electronics factory
Bibliographic information Sep. 2003, Vol.32, No.3, p.147-163. Illus. 32 ref.
Abstract Results of an ergonomic study of workstations where electrical testing is performed in a plant manufacturing printed electronic circuits. Both workers' subjective assessment and direct observation methods were used on the operators to discover the problems at their workstations. The following problems were observed: poor workstation design; mix-ups of tested and untested boards, missing or incorrect test steps, unclear pass/fail criteria for the projected colour test. Ergonomic interventions implemented were: an improved workstation layout with space for resting arms and the oscilloscope and computer keyboards within easy reach of the operators; clear segregation of tested and untested boards to prevent mix-ups; retraining of operators by more qualified trainers; reference colour samples for more effective recognition of different colours in the projection screen. The interventions implemented were simple and inexpensive; nevertheless, they resulted in improved productivity, quality and working conditions.
Descriptors (primary) workplace design; equipment testing; electronics industry
Descriptors (secondary) work organization; printed circuits; equipment layout; work efficiency; sitting posture; quality control; man-computer interfaces; economic aspects; ergonomic evaluation; women; conditions of work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceMalaysia
Subject(s) Electricity
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Ergonomics
Electronics industry
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment