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Gestão & Produção

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BRAATZ, Daniel; MENEGON, Nilton Luiz; FONTES, Andréa Regina Martins  and  TONIN, Luiz Antonio. Digital human simulation for ergonomic workplace design: comparative study of cases. Gest. Prod. [online]. 2012, vol.19, n.1, pp. 79-92. ISSN 0104-530X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-530X2012000100006.

This paper investigates a computational tool for Human Modeling and Simulation contextualized by Ergonomic Analysis of Work (EAW) and future work activity forecasting that can assist in the design processes of workplaces. Two case studies using Human Simulation was employed and the software Jack were analyzed. The first study presents the design of a counter in a public post office. The second shows the development of a workstation for the supply of surgical needles in a company that manufactures hygiene and healthcare products. The results of the case studies show the contributions and challenges of using this design technology aiming to solve problems related to health and productivity. The use of simulation combined with EAW helped to improve future work activity forecasting of new work situations and helped the integration and communication of the actors involved in these social processes.

Keywords : Digital human simulation; Workplace design; Ergonomics.

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