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ErgoVSM: A tool for integrating Value Stream Mapping and ergonomics in manufacturing
Swerea IVF Mölndal; Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap, Göteborgs universitet.
Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap, Göteborgs universitet; Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark.
Psykologiska institutionen, Göteborgs universitet.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1443-6211
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2016 (English)In: Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, ISSN 1090-8471, E-ISSN 1520-6564, Vol. 26, no 2, 191-204 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Value stream mapping (VSM) is a Lean tool aiming at waste reduction. Previous research suggests that the use of VSM may result in work intensification and thus an increased risk for the workers of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). In the current study, VSM has been developed to also consider physical exposure in the analyzed production system (ErgoVSM). As the VSM, ErgoVSM is based on a participatory approach. ErgoVSM was tested in Swedish manufacturing industry. The results suggest that ErgoVSM catalyzes change processes that include intervention proposals emphasizing ergonomics in addition to waste reduction. Thus, it seems to be usable for the intended target group of engineers. The suggested performance improvements obtained by VSM seem not to be hampered by adding the ergonomics complement. However, the use of ErgoVSM is somewhat more time-consuming than the use of VSM. In conclusion, ErgoVSM may be suggested as a feasible tool to be used by production planners for including ergonomics considerations in the rationalization process.

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2016. Vol. 26, no 2, 191-204 p.
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Rationalization, Lean production, Musculoskeletal disorders, Participatory ergonomics, Value stream mapping
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-16021DOI: 10.1002/hfm.20622ISI: 000371413900004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84960081653OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-16021DiVA: diva2:688263
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VINNOVA, 2002-01962AFA Insurance, 070084
Available from: 2014-01-16 Created: 2014-01-16 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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