3rd South American International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management

Redesign of a Workstation in The Cutting Area of a Company in The Textile Industry to Increase Productivity

Midori Ricardina Lara Arana, Allison Vivar Guillen & Rafael Villanueva
Publisher: IEOM Society International
0 Paper Citations
Track: Human Factors and Ergonomics

Abstract: Peru stands out as a country with a textile industry in constant development, which has made world-class brands set their eyes on its productive quality. Likewise, in order to achieve the growth of these industries, the workers of these industries have to work long and arduous hours, without taking the importance that is due, in some cases, to the well-being and comfort of each worker. Ergonomics allows to identify the environment that helps to avoid occupational diseases and productivity. A workstation in the right conditions allows an increase in productivity, since the human resource is something very important and is not yet fully prioritized by all industries. In the present work, the ergonomic factors of a cutting station, as well as its physical conditions of lighting and noise, are taken into account in order to redesign it. The objective of this project is, through the implementation of appropriate ergonomic and physical conditions in a workstation in the cutting area of a textile company, to increase productivity and reduce the risks of occupational diseases. An analysis of the three postures that caused the most fatigue to the operators was carried out through the ERP (Rapid Postural Evaluation) method, in order to identify the level of performance required and the improvements that the station needed. In addition, five KPI's were used to measure productivity before and after the redesign and identify its increase. The results obtained were positive, as an increase of up to 20% in productivity and in the level of operator satisfaction was evidenced. This work will serve as a guide to be implemented in future stations in the textile industry, and provide a clear methodology for evaluating ergonomics and measuring productivity.

Keywords: Ergonomics, productivity, occupational diseases, workstation, ERP method.

Published in: 3rd South American International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management

Publisher: IEOM Society International
Date of Conference: May 10-12, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-7923-9159-0
ISSN/E-ISSN: 2169-8767