EKG was contracted by a Provincial liquor and gaming corporation to review a proposed semi automated bottle picking line for ergonomic risk factors and to provide recommendations on design.
The process involved a review with the client the intended design drawings, process rates, and order picking process. EKG obtained information related to bottle dimensions, weights, and packaging. Predictive ergonomic assessments completed for each occupation/workstation for the designed line identified areas for improvement.
Significant changes to the process included racking layout addressed min and max reach distances; changes to placement location of specific products based on weight and dimensions. The addition of switch conveyors to alleviate push/pull forces required to cycle cases on and off of the main feed conveyors and, the inclusion of mechanical lift table to refill feed racks.
The results of EKG’s assessment aided the client reducing ergonomic risks associated with the new process.
The results of EKG’s assessment aided the client reducing ergonomic risks associated with the new process. By providing input in the design, process changes were implemented before actual construction resulting in costs saving associated with retroactive modifications.