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An Estimation of Supporting Hand Forces for Common Automotive Assembly Tasks
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published June 17, 2008 by SAE International in United States
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Assembly operators are rarely observed performing one-handed tasks where the unutilized hand is entirely inactive. Therefore, this study was designed to determine the forces applied to supporting hands, by automotive assembly operators, during common one-handed tasks such as hose installations or electrical connections. The data were computed as a percentage of body weight and a repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) (p<0.05) was conducted. Supporting hand forces were observed to range from 5.5% to 12.1% of body mass across a variety of tasks. The results of this study can be used to account for these supporting hand forces when performing a biomechanical/ergonomic analysis.
CitationGodin, C., Cashaback, J., Cort, J., Potvin, J. et al., "An Estimation of Supporting Hand Forces for Common Automotive Assembly Tasks," SAE Technical Paper 2008-01-1914, 2008, https://doi.org/10.4271/2008-01-1914.
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