How to use the Ergonomic Products Report

By: Advanced Ergonomics Services  09-12-2011
Keywords: Material Handling, Material Handling Equipment, Workstations

How To Use This Report
General Structure

The report is divided into "chapters" based on fourteen different major product categories (analysis devices, hand tools, etc.) defined by the editors. Each category is then sub-divided into specific product types. For example, under the general product heading of analysis devices, there are fifteen specific product types defined (e.g., accelerometers, books, heart rate monitors, etc.). The companies that manufacture/ distribute the specific product type are alphabetically listed in the report, and the product(s) described.

In summary, the structure of the report is as follows:


The second section of the report consists of two indices. The first index is an alphabetical listing of the companies contained herein. The second index is an alphabetical list of specific product types.

Using The Report - An Example

An evaluation of a palletizing task indicates that a lift table would benefit the workers. There are a number of questions that need to be answered about the lift table to insure that an appropriate choice is made. What load will the lift table have to support? Will the palletized load be moved via fork truck or pallet jack? Is a turntable attachment necessary? What is the desired "power source" for the lift table (e.g., self-adjusting, pneumatic)? Turning to the "Lift Tables" section in the chapter on Material Handling Equipment, you will find a variety of lift tables described in terms of these design features and others. The lift table that best matches your task requirements can be quickly located. Another way to reach this section would be to look up "Lift Tables" in the Product Type Index.


A number of specific product types were identified during the compilation of this report which lent themselves to comparison based on a set of common characteristics, or the availability of a well-established set of ergonomic guidelines. As an example of the former, lift tables are compared in terms of common features such as power source, height adjustment range, etc. As an example of the latter, office chairs are compared relative to the ANSI/HFS 100-1988 guidelines for office seating. The comparisons available in the form of matrices are located as follows:

Office Seating Chairs
Lift / Turn / Tilt Tables Material Handling Equipment
Manipulators Material Handling Equipment
Adjustable Height Workstations Office Equipment

Matrices are located at the front of the section for the respective product category. The matrix regarding adjustable height workstations is equally applicable to industrial workstations even though it is contained in the section on office equipment.

Reference: American National Standard for Human Factors Engineering of Visual Display Terminal Workstations. ANSI/HFS Standard No. 100-1988. The Human Factors Society, Inc., Santa Monica, CA 90406, 1988.

Keywords: Material Handling, Material Handling Equipment, Workstations

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Introduction and Acknowledgments

The editors wish to thank the many manufacturers and distributors who provided the necessary technical details regarding their products/services to establish their inclusion in the report. At a practical level, when developing controls to solve an ergonomic problem, the analyst often becomes a product evaluator. A job or task is evaluated in order to compare it to applicable ergonomic guidelines.



Product evaluations performed by AEI include: Wafer manufacturing systems, hand-held data collection terminals, keyboards, hand tools, handling assist devices, seating, workstations, airplane cockpits, software, and many other products for company and individual use. We offer manufacturers an opportunity to have their equipment or products evaluated in relation to appropriate ergonomic guidelines and principles.