Human-centred design of ergonomic workstations on interactive digital mock-ups

  • Margherita PeruzziniEmail author
  • Stefano Carassai
  • Marcello Pellicciari
  • Angelo Oreste Andrisano
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


Analysis of human-related aspects is fundamental to guarantee workers’ wellbeing, which directly limits errors and risks during task execution, increases productivity, and reduces cost [1]. In this context, virtual prototypes and Digital Human Models (DHMs) can be used to simulate and optimize human performances in advance, before the creation of the real machine, plant or facility. The research defines a human-centred methodology and advanced Virtual Reality (VR) technologies to support the design of ergonomic workstations. The methodology considers both physical and cognitive ergonomics and defines a proper set of metrics to assess human factors. The advanced virtual immersive environment creates highly realistic and interactive simulations where human performance can be anticipated and assessed from the early design stages. Experimentation is carried out on an industrial case study in pipe industry.


Human-Centred Design Ergonomics Sustainable Manufacturing Digital Human Model Virtual Reality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margherita Peruzzini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stefano Carassai
    • 1
  • Marcello Pellicciari
    • 1
  • Angelo Oreste Andrisano
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari”University of Modena and Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly

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