Movement strategy and performance in a high-volume order picking workstation

Reinier Könemann, Tim Bosch, Michiel De Looze

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    Abstract

    The design of a work station generally prescribes a global movement pattern of the operator, but also leaving some degrees of freedom regarding movement strategy. For a specific order picking work station, we studied the movement strategies, the underlying factors and its impact on performance. Eight subjects performed a task comprising, the picking and placing of an object and pressing a button in eight conditions varying in product weight, movement direction (left vs. right), and placing distance. Movements were analyzed and cycle times were obtained from video-recordings. We observed various types of strategy regarding hand use and global placing mode (reaching vs. placing). The different strategies did not show clear relationships with performance (in contrast to the various work place factors). Ergonomically spoken, the fact that the workstation allows movement variation without loss of performance, is favorable.

    LanguageEnglish
    Pages1311-1315
    Number of pages5
    JournalWork
    Volume41
    Issue numberSUPPL.1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Keywords

    • body posture
    • human performance
    • movement strategy
    • order picking
    • physical load

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    Könemann, Reinier ; Bosch, Tim ; De Looze, Michiel. / Movement strategy and performance in a high-volume order picking workstation. In: Work. 2012 ; Vol. 41, No. SUPPL.1. pp. 1311-1315.
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    In: Work, Vol. 41, No. SUPPL.1, 2012, p. 1311-1315.

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