Use of Field Studies for Design of Work Stations for Integrated Manufacturing Systems

Jens Rasmussen

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Abstract

For modern work places, the ergonomic concern in design of work stations is not primarily the human-computer interaction in a separate tool or 'application,' but the concurrent influence of technology on work conditions, work organization, and management structures and,consequently, the influence on information requirements of operators in a cooperative network.In most work places, we find dynamic environments and concern with flexibility and rapid adaptation to new requirements. n order to be useful for design of information systems in this situation, a modelling framework should serve the identification of a resource envelope within which an agent can navigate also in unforeseen situations. The identification of such an envelop depend on separate representation of the work domain, the generic cognitive decision tasks, and the useful strategies for such decision tasks together with the subjective criteria of choice. Furthermore, the criteria adopted by the agents for dynamic work allocation and coordination should be explicitly represented. The paper describes the requirements to a conceptual framework for field studies which can serve such modelling of cooperative work. A framework and taxonomy to guide field studies under development in the European CEC Esprit basic research program MOHAWC is reviewed and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Human Factors in Design for Manufacturability and Process Planning
Number of pages18
Publication date1990
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Design for Manufacturability and Process Planning - Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Duration: 1 Aug 1990 → …

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Design for Manufacturability and Process Planning
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, Hawaii
Period01/08/1990 → …

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