Application of TRIZ methodology for ergonomic problem solving in a continuous improvement environment

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Abstract

This paper discusses a case from an automotive industry plant where ergonomic problems were identified corresponding to inadequate postures resulting from operations performed above the workers’ head height. Company’s economic situation didn’t allowed to consider the automation of the operation despite the recognized need to reduce or, ideally, to eliminate the risk to operators. In this context the use of the TRIZ methodology offers an opportunity to identify potential solutions. Therefore, the TRIZ’s Su-Field Analysis was used, with the support of an adapted Contradiction Matrix. This approach allowed obtaining a more structured solution, combining Ergonomics with Lean management principles. The outcome of implementing the proposed solution was the elimination of wastes and the improvement of workplaces’ ergonomic quality. Furthermore, the study provided some insights on ways of eliminating or reducing existing Occupational Safety issues in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Safety Management and Human Factors - Proceedings of the AHFE International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors, 2016
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages473-485
Number of pages13
Volume491
ISBN (Print)9783319419282
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors, 2016 - Walt Disney World, United States
Duration: 27 Jul 201631 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume491
ISSN (Print)21945357

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors, 2016
CountryUnited States
CityWalt Disney World
Period27/07/1631/07/16

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Keywords

  • Occupational safety
  • Problem solving
  • Su-Field analysis

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Alves, J. F., Navas, H. V. G., & Nunes, I. L. (2016). Application of TRIZ methodology for ergonomic problem solving in a continuous improvement environment. In Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors - Proceedings of the AHFE International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors, 2016 (Vol. 491, pp. 473-485). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 491). Springer-Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-41929-9_43