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Title: Cognitive aspects affecting human performance in manual assembly
Authors: Brolin, Anna
Case, Keith
Thorvald, Peter
Keywords: Manual assembly
Cognitive workload
Information presentation
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: IOS Press
Citation: BROLIN, A., CASE, K. and THORVALD, P., 2016. Cognitive aspects affecting human performance in manual assembly. IN: Goh, Y.M. and Case, K. (eds). Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXX, Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR 2016), Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK, September 2016, pp. 231-236.
Abstract: This paper concerns the handling of information in assembly work environments. Several studies involving both literature reviews, case studies and observations were conducted to find factors that affect human performance in manual assembly. The main experiment with 36 subjects used a mixed method design with a quantitative study, including time and errors as dependant measures, a qualitative study, including workload ratings, and a questionnaire. The experiment involved the assembly of a pedal car and the components were presented using structured kits, unstructured kits and material racks. Assembly information was presented as text & component numbers or photographs, and situations with and without component variation were considered. Among the results it was found that assembly times and workload ratings were lower when using a kit, whereas using a material rack resulted in perceived decreased workflow and increased stress and frustration. Assembly times and workload ratings were lower when using photographs, whereas using text and numbers increased mental workload.
Description: The final publication is available at IOS Press through http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-668-2-231
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-668-2-231
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23038
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-668-2-231
ISBN: 9781614996675
ISSN: 2352-751X
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers and Presentations (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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