Human-centered workplace design

Human-centered workplace design

Engineering, Design

mid 2020

A typical production worker spends his/her major working hours sitting or standing at his/her workplace. Hence the workplace must be very suitable and ergonomic for him/her and adapted to the tasks. During the „Production and Quality Management" course we developed in a team of 5 students a future workplace for a transmission assembly using the Cardboard Engineering method.

Tools I used

  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Jamboard

My team

  • Lukas Dech
  • Tom Deubel
  • Robert Posileck
  • Tom Schmidt


📌 Further links

- Cardboard Engineering publication (German)

👨🏼‍💻 Personal Contribution

In this group work I was part of the project management and mainly responsible for the quality conformance aspects of our workplace. There I implemented a kanban-system to make use of visual management. I followed the guidelines to minimize errors as stated in ISO 9001 and implemented the Poka Yoke approach to further prevent any errors. In addition, I used the European Foundation for Quality Management’s (EFQM) excellence model to become more competitive. 

📄 Research paper

The research paper was not published and is only available in German hence it is not included on this site.

Workplace System (Cardboard)

The whole system - View of logistic worker

Worker is pulling the material out of the FiFo (First in, first out)

Kanban cards usage for logistic orders

kanban board to organize company information (blue), tasks (yellow) and tasks which are completed (green)

Under-desk system to drop out empty boxes

Cardboard press to test the ergonomics of a typical user

Buttons to simulation the usage of the „andon“ light (for visual management)

The industry standard „andon“ light
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