By Christopher M. Schlick, Ekkehart Frieling, Jürgen Wegge (auth.), Christopher Marc Schlick, Ekkehart Frieling, Jürgen Wegge (eds.)
The disproportionate getting older of the inhabitants of operating age in lots of international locations around the globe is a special prevalence within the background of humankind. within the mild of demographic swap, it truly is changing into more and more vital to advance and use the potential for older staff.
This edited quantity Age-differentiated paintings Systems presents a last record on a six-year precedence application funded by way of the German study origin (DFG) and offers chosen study findings of 17 interdisciplinary venture groups. the belief is that it'll serve either as a reference booklet and evaluation of the present country of analysis in ergonomics, occupational psychology and similar disciplines. It presents new versions, tools, and tactics for examining and designing age-differentiated paintings structures with the purpose of aiding material specialists from assorted components of their judgements on exertions and employment regulations. accordingly over forty laboratory experiments concerning 2,000 members and 50 box experiences related to over 25,000 staff have been conducted.
Further targets of the edited quantity have been to supply a pluridisciplinary compilation of the wide details got over the six-year software interval, to demonstrate the variety of the learn box, and to exhibit an built-in knowing of age-differentiated paintings platforms to readers.
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The other two chapters deal with engineering psychology and concentrate on designing interactions between vehicle drivers and technology. 8. The project by the University of Kassel (headed by Professor Ekkehart Frieling) focuses on the impact of assembly tasks on an aging workforce. The authors Ekkehart Frieling, José Alonso Enríquez Díaz, Daniel Kotzab and Alina Sytch examined various tasks in equipment assembly and final vehicle assembly at two international automobile companies. In a longitudinal study, two assembly groups are compared to each other at three intervals (approximately two years apart).
In accordance with the findings reported in the literature, a decreased performance of older drivers was identified. However, spatial compatibility effects were not increased with age either in single or dual-task situations. Moreover, driving expertise moderated the effects of age in driving performance and resulted in reduced vulnerability to interfering stimuli. As a result of these findings, the authors suggest that older drivers should regularly attend driving Age-Differentiated Work Systems: Introduction and Overview 19 classes, particularly if they drive shorter distances or less frequently than before.
Tasks conducted in a vehicle’s interior in particular combine higher load weights and awkward body postures. Ergonomic work design can help to reduce such critical exposures. As higher grades of limitations were also found among younger workers, a more differentiated view on the individual worker’s physical capabilities is needed. 10. The research work conducted by Chemnitz University of Technology (headed by Professor Birgit Spanner-Ulmer) provided the study on assembly jobs in the automobile industry with ergonomic analyses.