Home Find It – Fix It Challenge Flashback: 2012 Winner Ergonomics Done Right®

Written by: humantech on September 4th, 2015

Terex Aerial Work Platform’s Huron, SD plant took top honors with its Pedestal Weld Station.

Before photo

Before photo

Terex’s improvement focused on the posture and comfort of the worker responsible for the fabrication of a pedestal. To complete this task, the worker had to climb inside a shell and weld vertical gussets, and a top plate, while lying down. Each day seven pedestals are fabricated, each taking 10 minutes to complete. The worker performed this task more than 70 minutes a day and often complained of contact stress to the legs and the hot environment.

 

 

After photo

After photo

To improve the task, the company engineered a table to support the pedestal in an upright position. This allowed the worker to weld the components while sitting upright. This fix eliminated both the “Butts Up” posture and “Contact” stress, and improved cycle time by 20 minutes.

For more past winners, view Coca-Cola Refreshments (2013) and Southwire and The Timken Company (2014).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *