Designing research to bridge the gap between academia and industry — Power Tool Operation — Physical Capability Limits and Devices to Measure Their Demands


[Événement de langue anglaise. / English language event.]

Date: May 10, 2022
Time: 12 to 1pm ET
Presenter: Dr. Joel Cort
Cost: Free

This talk will focus on a 3-year, multi-experiment collaboration between the University of Windsor, Canadian Government, Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Stellantis that was formed to develop physical capability limits for right-angle power tool operation. This talk will outline relationship between all the stakeholders, the research conducted, the development of measurement tools, the transfer of knowledge from the laboratory to industry and the student success stories. The purpose of the talk will be both technical and practical, while also focusing on knowledge gained from effectively conducting industry-driven science to aid in reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.

Dr. Joel Cort

Dr. Joel Cort and the members of the Occupation Simulation and Ergonomics Laboratory focus on their research on preventing injuries within the workplace. The team collaborates on industry specific ergonomics concerns with Ford, General Motors, Stellantis, Atlas Copco Tools, Stryker Medical and Siemens, to ensure manufacturing tasks are completed with minimal risk of injury as work-related musculoskeletal disorders continue to plague the workforce. Our work has included an NSERC Automotive Partnership of Canada grant, in collaboration with Ford, General Motors, Stellantis and Atlas Copco, where we developed physical capability limits that can be used to determine the risk of injury for automotive assembly operators when using right-angle power tools, along with designing a new method to quantify forces associated with tool operation in the field. In addition, the team works with the Siemens human simulation software team on the validation of human simulation and virtual reality technologies for industrial ergonomics evaluations.

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