How can ergonomic simulation improve work conditions?
27 August 2019
Virtual Reality (VR) is one of different technologies at companies’ disposal and that enables productivity and work conditions improvement for their employees. Ergonomic simulation for example, with the help of Virtual Reality applications can help companies improve their employees’ work conditions and productivity process enhancement. Virtual Reality has changed our vision of our reality by creating a new one. A new one in which we have all the power.Let’s see how can ergonomics improve work conditions.
Many different ergonomics simulations available
Companies need change, they need to be up-to-date to stay in the business course. That’s why, at Light&Shadows, we are offering Virtual Reality with the possibility of ergonomic analysis thanks to: an application with body trackers and a quotation table/analytic dashboard with different levels of activity difficulty and the musculoskeletal solicitations present in the application XR Ergo. It allows a precise idea of the worker’s ergonomic at his workstation. It is one of the software coming from the New XR SUITE.
The reasons why ergonomics analysis have such importance for companies is that it helps employees‘ work conditions and productivity. By tracking avatar’s movements, ergonomists can study the good and bad aspects of a workstation (real or future).
By good or bad aspects, we mean:
- What is good for workers, like the posture they had, and that it will not cause injuries in the future,
- What is bad for workers, bad conception of the workstation that implies bad movements and/or postures. It will impact the health and productivity of workers.
Benefits of such analysis for industrials
By studying worker’s body reactions, industrials -with ergonomists- can make the improvements needed. Those will lead to more satisfied workers with better health conditions due to less work injuries. But also better work conditions (ergonomics ones), more comfort. And as a result, a better productivity.
According to Berlin and Adams in their book Production Ergonomics: Designing Work Systems to Support Optimal Human Performance, the real cost of bad ergonomics can be divided in categories.
The real cost of bad ergonomics categories.
Presenteeism (the state when workers ignore discomfort or pain and keep working, implying decrease in the quality and productivity of their tasks)
Sick leave (costs are even more significant for the company, when employees need to take prolonged periods of sick leave)
Employee turnover (poor work environments lead to a high turnover of personnel as people are either too injured to work or choose to leave the company as the job does not fulfil their needs and they fear that they will become sick if they stay too long. Thus, leading in further cost for the company to replace them)
Production losses (Production losses frequently occur as a result of poorly designed workplaces and absenteeism)
Quality and business losses (A number of quality-related issues stemming from poorly designed workplaces have costs associated at a company level. Quality losses mean that scrap costs increase, as well as large sums of money being spent on recalls and warranties)
Legal costs (In some cases workers press charges and take companies to court over the poor working environment they were subjected to, resulting in companies paying substantial fines as well as their corporate image being damaged.) ]
Berlin, C and Adams C 2017 Production Ergonomics: Designing Work Systems to Support Optimal Human Performance. Pp. 189–212. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/bbe.k . License: CC-BY 4.0
Still according to Berlin and Adams in their book : “The costs associated with bad ergonomics were also noticed at Volvo Car Corporation; with estimates indicating that on average poor ergonomic work operations costs $170,000 annually (Falck, 2005).”
Ergonomics is not only a matter of health at work but also a matter of strong economical impact on a company’s business.
What does it imply? (analysis of existing or future workstations – ergonomics quotations)
VR companies like Light&Shadows help companies in their development. The results and goals of this ergonomics analysis and studies are the health, the well-being of their collaborators, the diminution of their turnover and avoid quality and productivity crisis in a predictive way.
The ergonomic simulation can occur during the pre process of an industrial installation. For example, the industrial wants to optimize his pre-phase and will make the ergonomics analysis before workstations’ installation to solve problems before they happen. It can also occur when the installation is done and the direction realizes the bad working conditions of its collaborators (health problems, increase of sick leaves).
The importance of ergonomics at work has raised awareness in companies and show his unavoidableness now and for the future.
Have a look at our product XR Ergo !
XR in the Automotive industry?
First of all, few precisions on the new technologies in the scope of XR used in the automotive industry:
- Augmented reality (AR) is the insertion of digital content in a real environment,
- Virtual reality (VR) is only composed of digital content (objects and environment),
- Mixed reality (MR) is composed of real objects and digital ones in the same reality,
- Extended reality (XR) is a term referring to all real-and-virtual combined environments and human-machine interactions generated by computer technology and wearables.
These technologies allow professionals and individuals in every field to have a better point of view about what they create and how they can make it evolved. Moreover, they can present their products to their clients before the purchase and thus changing the customer buying journey. It is also allowing people to anticipate actions and injuries before they can actually happen thanks to the Internet of Things (IOT).
IOT is the connexion between Internet and objects, places and physical environments. This kind of connexions enables the gathering of new data in the cloud and gives us new knowledge & type of skills such as electro techniques abilities for new smartphone engineering.
Nowadays, industries are more and more attracted by the use of IOT to control their machines and their production at the same time.
Take a look at the automotive sector! Thanks to these new technologies, the car visualisation before its production is now possible!
Product personalization- motor show
Over the last century, we have seen more and more automotive constructors offering a way to personalize your car with options and more recently with the uprising of online car configurators. To confirm our statements, we went on the website of Peugeot to configure a Peugeot 308 to see if we could personalize a car and yes, we can choose various parameters for the car.
If you want to try the experience, here’s the link: https://www.peugeot.fr/gamme/nos-vehicules/308/configurer.html#/
You can also visit others car constructors’ websites to experience car configurators.