Evaluating Single Disc Floor Cleaners: An Engineering Evaluation

Imaekhai Lawrence

Abstract


Cleaning work can be physically demanding and a need has been identified to developed methods for systematic ergonomics evaluation of new products. Upon a manufacturer’s initiative an evaluation programme was devised to appraise a modified design of single disc floor cleaner and compare it with a range of current designs. Subjective, observational and empirical data were obtained. Analysis of results provided feedback to the manufacturer on issues relating to usability, musculo-skeletal loading during use, and design feature preferences. It is suggested that the methodology might also be used to identify cleaner training requirements and for iterative development of future product re-design initiatives.

Keywords: cleaning, manufacturers, initiative, design, disc.


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