Mixed-mock-up crane simulator for the ergonomic design of production systems
The design of production systems integrates disciplines such as mechanical, electrical and automation engineering as well as human factors in manually operated stations, which can hardly be simulated. We report on the development and testing of a mixed-mock-up simulator for human factors and work place design exemplified by a gantry crane simulator. Based on this simulator two studies were conducted. The former study investigated on performance loss induced by work stress and strain while crane steering. The current study, which is described in detail here, implements a crane simulator and a crane driver safety training and evaluates its efficiency. The simulator permits subjects to immerse in a virtual environment, consisting of 15 standard crane operation tasks, that impart knowledge and skills regarding behaviour in hazardous situations. Performance-data ascertainment by means of these standardized steering and control tasks allows measurement of the efficiency of the training program.