October 12, 2017, Lakewood, Colorado – Ergonomics is defined as human engineering and the study of the relationship between workers and their environment, especially the equipment they use.1 Ergonomics plays an enormous role in today’s workplace, particularly in manufacturing-type settings.
Ignoring proper ergonomics for employees can result in lost productivity, increased waste throughout manufacturing processes, loss of efficiency, and personal injury. People performing manual tasks often end up dealing with fatigue, discomfort, carpal tunnel syndrome and other musculoskeletal disorders. Time pressures and repetitive motion on a regular basis are very hard on an individual’s health. These types of musculoskeletal disorders affect about 1 million workers, and cost businesses between $45 and $50 billion annually.2
If there is an option to convert a manual process into an automated one, organizations may need to invest in the new configuration up front, however the eventual pay off for increased speed, worker efficiency and longevity, and reduced human error more than pays for itself.
Automated torque testers eliminate many ergonomic concerns. Release and application torque measurements are repeatable, and changeovers from one product to another are adjustment-free. Bottle clamping and cap gripping are no longer manual tasks. Review all of Mesa Labs’ automated torque testers to determine which is best for your employees’ safety and will best improve your processes.