Virtual ergonomics

Virtual auto worker will provide data on real-world physical strain
“The virtual worker has a complete biomechanical musculoskeletal system, programmed to respond to stresses in the same ways a real person’s would. “Our software uses a physics platform,” Johnson said. “We can change things and see the effect; that’s what predictive dynamics brings to the table.” Predictive dynamics combines general rules of human body movement with mathematical models, to provide feedback on fatigue, speed, strength and torque. At Ford, the idea is that Santos will be brought in before new assembly lines are installed. By running him through various jobs in various potential set ups, the planners can design an operation that maximizes not only employee safety, but also efficiency and build quality.”

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