Ergonomics done right.®
October 12th, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Find It – Fix It Challenge Winners!

This year, current Humantech System clients submitted entries into one of two categories.  Easy-to-fix solutions that cost little to implement were categorized as simple, and improvements that required more time, resources, and budget made up the complex category.

And the winners are …


Goodyear Before and After Photos

Complex Category Winner:
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Hanau, Germany
Lifting at High Speed Test Machine

Prior to the fix, an operator had to manually lift and install a tire and rim assembly weighing between 120 to 140 pounds to a test machine two to three times per shift. The company purchased a lift device which eliminated all lifting and lowering tasks.

Honorable Mentions:

Cardinal Health                    Ashland
Cuauhtemoc, Mexico             Ashland, OH
Manual Coiling                                  1-Gallon F-style Can Filling


Before and After Photos

Millipore Sigma Before and After Photos

Simple Category Winner:
Sheboygan Falls, WI
Vessel Bottom Valve Replacement

Prior to the fix, two operators were required to lift a valve weighing between 27 to 73 pounds overhead, hold it in place, and bolt it to a glass lined vessel. To improve the task, the company installed a table and jack costing less than $3,000. Now, the table and jack hold the valve in place while one worker affixes the unit. This improvement saves the company thousands of dollars each year in labor and occupational injuries costs.

Honorable Mentions:

Genie Industries                                    The Timken Company
Moses Lake, WA                                             Chennai, India
P-Com Barrel Triple Rinse            Close-In Die Change