Nuremberg, October 2019

Workplace Analysis with Humen dynamics –
Stress in movement, documented and assessed


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

“Human dynamics” can be used for the assessment of diverse types of work. Irrespective of whether production line assembly work, handicraft activities or even physical exercises – what counts is the movement of the human body. A decisive advantage is that no laboratory situations need to be created for the analysis. The working person simply has to filmed on video, whereby this in itself is possible using a smartphone. It is also not necessary that, as with other systems, marker points or similar items have to be fitted on the body.

“At all further education, training courses or advisory sessions we place the emphasis very strongly at the IGR on visualisation as a didactic tool in order to communicate an ‘insight’ in the true sense of the word in almost all areas of ergonomics”, explains IGR Chairman, Christian Brunner. “Humen dynamics” matches this motto exactly.” In addition to the video recording of the working person / people, a so-called “Ergo-man” is displayed, a line drawing with body zones that are coloured green or yellow up to red, depending on the stress involved. Individual work stages or complete motion sequences can be thus analysed and improved on in the future together with the person filmed.

Humen dynamics has already proven itself in practical use, because it was initially developed together with and for the employees in the assembly area of the BMW Group. It was shown that Humen dynamics was rapidly able to visualise areas for potential improvement. In many cases the physical stress was able to be substantially reduced through minor measures and the “video proof” is the best motivation.

In the end, the use of Humen dynamics is a motivating signal: Employees experience directly that the focus is on their health and that attention is being paid to it. But the working group led by Professor Gerold Bausch at the HTWK Leipzig sees the success of their work: “If our technology can contribute to making many people work in a healthier way and thus probably also happier to do so, then that is really the best incentive”, says Gerold Bausch.

Many roads also lead to Humen dynamics, because the IGR offers various options. These range from “video analysis on demand” up to a complete expert package, comprising a laptop, software, tripod and even the appropriate backpack.

Picture caption (re-printed free-of-charge): Humen dynamics used for the analysis, assessment and video-documentation of physical stress during work processes. Photo: Leipzig University of Applied Sciences

[4 October 2019]

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