Maximum reach envelope for the seated and standing male and female for industrial workstation design

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Abstract

Maximum reach envelopes for the 5th, 50th and 95th percentile reach lengths of males and females in seated and standing work positions were determined. The use of a computerized potentiometric measurement system permitted functional reach measurement in 15 min for each subject. The measurement system captured reach endpoints in a dynamic mode while the subjects were describing their maximum reach envelopes. An unbiased estimate of the true reach distances was made through a systematic computerized data averaging process. The maximum reach envelope for the standing position was significantly (p < 0.05) larger than the corresponding measure in the seated position for both the males and females. The average reach length of the female was 13.5% smaller than that for the corresponding male. Potential applications of this research include designs of industrial workstations, equipment, tools and products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1390-1404
Number of pages15
JournalErgonomics
Volume43
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

Keywords

  • Engineering Anthropometry
  • Industrial workstation design
  • Maximum reach envelope
  • Workspace

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