SIMTER: A Multi-Aspect Virtual Production System Evaluation Tool

Cecilia Berlin, Salla Lind, Juhani Heilala, Juhani Viitaniemi

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Abstract

Production systems consist of complex combinations of human-and-machine interactions, material flows, energy transitions and workflows. Additionally, production enterprises are challenged with handling the environmental impacts and societal effects of their processes - including workplace ergonomics. One way of testing different system solutions quickly, early and at low cost (or consequence) is to use computer-based simulation. This paper introduces the production simulation tool SIMTER, which allows users to build a 3D animated model of a human-machine work system and explore the output consequences of different Levels of Automation (ranging from letting tasks be performed by either a human worker, a human worker using a range of tools, or an automated machine). The SIMTER tool facilitates concurrent assessment of Ergonomics, Automation Levels and Environmental Impacts. Development work to date has shown that combining these factors is technically feasible and potentially very useful for integrating ergonomics into design processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XLth Conference of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists
Place of PublicationQuebec
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2009
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventXLth Conference of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists, September 14-17, 2009 - Quebec, Canada
Duration: 14 Sep 200917 Sep 2009

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ConferenceXLth Conference of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists, September 14-17, 2009
CountryCanada
CityQuebec
Period14/09/0917/09/09

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Ergonomics
Environmental impact
Automation
Testing
Costs
Industry

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Berlin, C., Lind, S., Heilala, J., & Viitaniemi, J. (2009). SIMTER: A Multi-Aspect Virtual Production System Evaluation Tool. In Proceedings of the XLth Conference of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists Quebec.
Berlin, Cecilia ; Lind, Salla ; Heilala, Juhani ; Viitaniemi, Juhani. / SIMTER : A Multi-Aspect Virtual Production System Evaluation Tool. Proceedings of the XLth Conference of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists. Quebec, 2009.
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Proceedings of the XLth Conference of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists. Quebec, 2009.

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Berlin C, Lind S, Heilala J, Viitaniemi J. SIMTER: A Multi-Aspect Virtual Production System Evaluation Tool. In Proceedings of the XLth Conference of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists. Quebec. 2009