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Ergonomics and the Lawler Automated Pour Point Analyzer

Ergonomics is defined as an applied science concerned with the relationship between people and their work surroundings and work activities. It incorporates the designing of equipment, workstations, and tasks to fit the physical capabilities and comfort of the individuals performing the work. Improperly designed workstations and work positions can cause injury resulting in conditions ranging from:

  • Temporary discomfort (aches and pains)
  • Instantaneous injury (muscle pulls or strains), or
  • Permanent physical illnesses referred to as cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs).
Temporary discomfort and instantaneous injury are often attributed to tasks involving heavy lifting or awkward body positions (crouching, stoopijng, crawling on hands and knees, etc.). CTDs, on the other hand are conditions caused over time by a combination of factors such as repetitive motion, forceful motion, porrt posture, vibration, and awkward movements. Age, gender, and physical attributes also play an important role. Tasks such as assembly line work, food processing, writing, and computer typing have been directly linked to CTDs.

If you are concerned about repetitive motion CTD injuries in your lab for manual pour point testing, then please consider the Lawler Automated Pour Point Analyzer. Our robotic arm replicates the ASTM D97 manual pour point motion.

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