A cube model for the classification of work with hand tools and the formulation of functional requirements.

Applied ergonomics

PubMedID: 15676916

Sperling L, Dahlman S, Wikström L, Kilbom A, Kadefors R. A cube model for the classification of work with hand tools and the formulation of functional requirements. Appl Ergon. 1993;24(3):212-20.
In an interdisciplinary research project, a model, visualized as a cube, was developed for the classification and analysis of work with hand tools and for communication of different ways of solving problems related to manual handling. The dimensions of the cube are demands of force, precision and time. Each dimension is divided into three levels of low, moderate and high demands respectively. Preliminary limits are proposed for acceptable and non-acceptable use situations and for situations that have to be investigated further. Using a case study of plate shears as a starting point, various measures of improving the position in the cube are discussed. The hand tool, the workplace, the work organization as well as the user of the hand tool are included in the analysis.