Human factors in a flexible assembly system: design guidelines for design guidelines

G. I. Johnson, C. W. Clegg, S. J. Ravden

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This paper describes a 5 year project which aims to develop an Automated Flexible Assembly Cell (AFAC) for the assembly of high precision, small batch aerospace products. The project is part of the European Strategic Programme for Research and Development in Information Technology (ESPRIT) and falls within the area of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM).
The overall objective of the project is to design, install, operate and evaluate a Flexible Assembly System which incorporates human factors considerations. There are 5 major partners: Westland PLC who are the lead partners building the system; the VUB (Brussels) who have responsibility for the robotics in the system; Riso Research Laboratory and Dantec Ltd. (both of Denmark) who are developing the robot vision systems; and the Social and Applied Psychology Unit who have responsibility for the human factors aspects.
This paper describes the human factors component of the project, focusing on our overall plans and progress to date. Since design guidelines are central to the project, some problems with them are summarised, and we offer a set of "design guidelines for design guidelines". First however we describe some general findings that help set this project in context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary ergonomies 1986
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the Ergonomics Society's 1986 Annual Conference, Durham, England, 8-11 April 1986
EditorsD.J. Oborne
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0850663393, 9780850663396
Publication statusPublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes
EventErgonomics Society's 1986 Annual Conference: Ergonomics for Tomorrow's World - Durham, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Apr 198611 Apr 1986


ConferenceErgonomics Society's 1986 Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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