Assembly Line Analysis

Written by Jared Vincenti
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Although most motion analysis products are geared towards sports training and physical therapy, there are some industrial applications. Competitive sports are not the only realm in which a person must master a strenuous or repetitive task--in fact, manual laborers do the same every day. By looking into the most efficient ways to perform tasks, a manager can increase productivity and reduce work-related injuries.

Motion Analysis in the Workplace

Motion analysis studies the way that people move in order to find the most effective and efficient motions. Motion is created to do work, and does so by moving force through the body. Energy is wasted in uneven or irregular motions, and wasted energy is absorbed in the joints as impact. This impact leads to long-term injuries which could be avoided with proper technique.

One of the most promising applications of motion analysis for laborers is on an assembly line. Since a worker in an assembly line is repeating the same task all day, any problems in his technique will be magnified many times by the end of his shift. By looking at the motions used at each station on the assembly line, managers could train workers to be more efficient. This would let the workers do their job both faster and more comfortably.

In addition, any job that requires impact, such as splitting wood or driving nails can benefit from motion analysis. The force for regular blows accumulates, and is a main cause of sore joints and aching bones after a day of work. By examining the motions, and finding the most efficient, you can do a great service for both employees and your company.

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