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Workplace analysis with Humen dynamics

Nuremberg in October 2019

Workplace analysis with Humen dynamics –
Load in motion, documented and evaluated

The “IGR Institut für Gesundheit und Ergonomie e. V.” from Nuremberg is taking part in this year’s “Motek” international trade fair for production and assembly automation (7-10 September 2019) in Stuttgart. It will be presenting “Humen dynamics”, a new computer-based system for workplace analysis, for the first time. It was developed at the Laboratory for Biosignal Processing at Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig). The system is used to analyze, evaluate and video document physical stress during work processes.

“Human dynamics” can be used to evaluate a wide variety of work. Whether it’s assembly line work, manual labor or even sports exercises – what counts is the movement of the human body. A decisive advantage is that no laboratory situation has to be created for the analysis. The person working only needs to be filmed on video, and this is even possible with a smartphone. It is also not necessary to attach marker points or similar to the body, as is the case with other systems.

“At the IGR, we rely heavily on visualization as a didactic tool for all training courses and consultations in order to convey ‘insight’ in the truest sense of the word in almost all areas of ergonomics,” explains IGR CEO Christian Brunner. ‘Humen dynamics’ fits in perfectly with this credo.” In addition to the video recording of the worker(s), the so-called “Ergo-Männchen” is displayed, a line drawing with body zones that are colored from green to yellow to red depending on the strain. Individual work steps or entire movement sequences can be analyzed together with the person being filmed and improved in the future.

Humen dynamics has already proven itself in practice, as it was initially developed together with and for BMW Group assembly employees. It turned out that Humen dynamics quickly reveals potential for improvement. In many cases, the physical strain could already be noticeably reduced through small measures and the “video evidence” is the best motivation.

Ultimately, the use of Humen dynamics alone is a motivating signal: employees experience directly that their health is in focus and that it is being taken care of. But the working group led by Professor Gerold Bausch at HTWK Leipzig also sees the success of the work: “If our technology can help many people to work more healthily and therefore probably also more willingly, that is actually the best incentive,” says Gerold Bausch.

Many paths also lead to Humen dynamics, as the IGR offers various options. This ranges from “video analysis on demand” to a complete expert package that includes a laptop, software, tripod and even a suitable rucksack.

BU (Reprint free of charge): Humen dynamics is used for the analysis, evaluation and video documentation of physical stress during work processes. Photo: HTWK Leipzig

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