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Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing,  1997:<br>Proceedings of the Seventh International FAIM Conference

ISBN:
978-1-56700-089-4 (Print)
978-1-56700-442-7 (Online)

MACROERGONOMICS TO IMPROVE HUMAN AND TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE IN AGILE MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS

Brian M. Kleiner
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, Virginia 24061-0118 USA

Abstract

The value of industrial ergonomics in traditional manufacturing environments is well established [1,2]. Agile manufacturing systems operate in complex, dynamic environments and require maximum flexibility of human operators. This paper provides a better understanding of agile environments through discussion of an empirical study of how time is best allotted to the personnel and technological subsystems. The paper also contributes to the design of agile systems by reporting on the empirical results of a laboratory study which investigated computer-supported collaborative work in concurrent engineering with differing personnel configurations.