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Title: Using mobile information sources to increase productivity and quality
Authors: Thorvald, Peter
Brolin, Anna
Hogberg, Dan
Case, Keith
Keywords: Assembly
Range of information
Information presentation
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: CRC Press (© Taylor & Francis)
Citation: THORVALD, P. ... et al, 2010. Using mobile information sources to increase productivity and quality. IN: Kaber, D. and Boy, G. (eds). Advances in Cognitive Ergonomics. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press (Taylor & Francis), pp.450-459
Abstract: This paper presents an experimental study made on the use of different kinds of information sources in manual assembly. The general idea is that only the necessary information should be presented to the worker and it should be presented where and when the worker needs it as this is believed to both save time and unload cognitive strain. To account for the latter two aspects of this thought, where and when, this paper investigates the use of a handheld unit as an information source in manual assembly. Having a mobile information system, such as a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), that can be carried with you at all times, as opposed to a stationary one, such as a computer terminal, is hypothesized to greatly improve productivity and quality. Experimental results show that the use of a PDA significantly improves quality whereas productivity does not significantly improve.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Taylor & Francis, available online: https://doi.org/10.1201/EBK1439834916-c46. It was presented at the 3rd Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics [AHFE] International Conference, Miami, USA, 17th-20th July.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/27846
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1201/EBK1439834916-c46
ISBN: 9781439834916
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers and Presentations (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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