Physical Ergonomics

 

What We Do

We help leading business entities, government agencies and startups create product and workplace solutions that provide verified levels of ergonomic performance.

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We have more than 40 years of experience in formal ergonomic research, product design evaluations and workplace/workstation audits. We have conducted professional ergonomic audits for many leading corporations and government agencies in a wide range of industry sectors. These research programs have often assisted in the identification and resolution of critical ergonomic problems.

Ergonomics - MAURO

How We Work

Physical ergonomicsWe apply scientifically valid ergonomic theory and practice to the resolution of complex business and process design problems. Our studies produce focused, actionable findings on tactical and strategic levels.

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Working with Client Teams

Clients tell us that we are especially adept at working with occupational safety and health groups, product development teams, market research executives and strategic planning groups. We are comfortable reporting to and working with all levels of corporate management.

User Experience Profiles

Physical ErgonomicsWith over 40 years of experience in physical ergonomics we have created solutions for a wide body of users ranging from represented workers to medical patients with advanced health conditions. Our experience with ergonomically complex products provides our firm with the expertise needed in order to design based on various demographics.

Ergonomic Application Areas

Our expertise extends across many product categories and industry verticals covering product, workstation and workplace ergonomic optimization programs.

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The Scope of Our Work Compared to other professional ergonomic consulting firms, we have a long history of producing actionable solutions to complex ergonomic problems for both hardware and software related problems. By combining our expertise in product/workstation design and engineering we are uniquely capable of producing fully functional prototype and production solutions to complex ergonomic problems. These solutions can range from relatively simple support devices to large-scale production of workstations for complex workgroups deployed on a global scale. We have extensive experience with ergonomic aspects of multi-display workstation configurations, handheld applications and other commercial and consumer applications. Our professional ergonomic programs often include detailed economic benefit modeling, risk mitigation and related cost benefit analysis as required to provide hard business support for all critical ergonomic recommendations.

Financial Systems

  • Trading workstations
  • Trading rooms
  • Trading floors
  • Conference rooms
  • Training centers
  • Simulation rooms

Financial systems are ergonomically complex and rapidly changing based on market conditions, rules, management decisions, trading styles and technology. We have extensive experience with these special problems. Our ergonomic solutions have provided clients with fully verified ergonomic performance and related employee and customer benefits.

Military Systems

  • Complex workstations
  • Launch centers
  • Control rooms
  • Other DOD systems

 

Military ergonomic problems are complex in ways that other systems are not. Without scientifically valid ergonomic research applied in a robust manner the risk of a catastrophic loss due to poor ergonomic performance increases dramatically as does training costs and support. We have helped optimize the ergonomic performance of both software and hardware military systems.

Process Control

  • Large Scale Production
  • Energy Generation
  • Paper Making
  • Complex Processes

Today, ergonomic process control applications require optimization of both physical workstation design and information display. We have worked extensively in complex process control industry sectors covering several core problem spaces.

Medical Systems

  • Hand-held devices
  • Drug Delivery
  • Imaging
  • Surgical Inst.
  • Process optimization

 

The ergonomic performance of medical devices and related software is far more complex that most realize. This is especially true for devices which fall under rigorous FDA guidelines and represent significant risk in the marketplace. We have extensive experience with a very wide range of medical device/system ergonomic problems including the provision of industry-leading usability testing covering formative and summative studies for FDA submission.

Manufacturing

  • Micro Assembly
  • Represented Positions
  • Heavy assembly
  • Complex Assembly

 

Manufacturing ergonomics is a core capability of our firm. We have extensive experience and have produced industry-leading ergonomic solutions for a wide range of manufacturing verticals. These projects included tool design, process design, workstation design and entire workflow and assembly ergonomic optimization.

Driver/Operator Systems

  • Automotive
  • Agricultural
  • Military
  • Transportation

Dynamic operator environments including driver and operator ergonomic optimization design is a core competency of our firm. We have extensive experience in complex ergonomic optimization of advanced automation into driver environments and industrial vehicle design solutions.

Consumer Systems

  • Wearable devices
  • Hand-held products
  • Sports and training
  • Complex electronics
  • Communications devices
  • Toys and Games

It is clear that a new generation of consumer devices including wearable, smartphones, and IOT devices are generating an entirely new type of ergonomic problem whereby size is combined with high levels of functional complexity. We have a long history aiding leading companies and startups in the ergonomic optimization of products, systems and processes.

Specialized Expertise

We offer specialized expertise in the combining of physical and cognitive ergonomics. We have developed and employ advanced data acquisition methods and apply robust statistical methods to all data.

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Research in the Field

We employ professional ergonomic field auditing and related data gathering methods and have extensive experience conducting complex ergonomic analysis in demanding environments ranging from high security military systems to complex process control applications. In all projects, MNM employs the latest data recording technology to produce reliable task documentation used in formal analysis and recommendations. We are uniquely qualified to provide formal professional ergonomics for a wide range of industry sectors and user profiles. Our specialized testing systems include proprietary technology covering EMG, EEG, Newtonian force measurement, cognitive task analysis and formal job training design. Our expertise covers both physical and cognitive ergonomic disciplines. This provides you with highly focused and reliable data that addresses the specific problems at hand. We also have special expertise in skill acquisition theory and training systems development which allows us to parse ergonomic problems based on combinations of employee selection, training, workplace improvements, tool and fixture design and process optimization.

Projects

The following project thumbnails cover high-profile and other relevant program experience.

Physical Ergonomics

Process Control Centers

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MAURO Process Control Centers

We have executed extensive ergonomic analysis and optimization in many complex process control workstation environments covering fossil and nuclear power generation, high-volume production process in a wide range of industry sectors. Our experience covers entire control center/room design, workstation design, large-field view displays and workstation configurations. We have conducted research in numerous highly secure, confidential environments on a global basis.

Operator Controls/Displays

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MAURO Operator Controls/Displays

Executed extensive ergonomic analysis and optimization of a wide range of operator control environments ranging from tractors to high performance flight deck design. Executed detailed analysis and benchmarking studies focusing on optimization of cognitive, biomechanical and anthropometric factors in complex operator control environments.

Hand-Held Product Design NYSE

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MAURO Hand-Held Product Design NYSE

Executed detailed task analysis of trading functions on floor of NYSE over 3 month period. Developed hardware/display design configuration for first successful hand-held trading systems used on floor of NYSE. Development focused on cognitive and biomechanical aspects of hand-held device design. Produced simulations and executed user verification testing of device configurations. Solutions employed as templates for HHD device design.

CAD Tiffany Workstation

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MAURO CAD Tiffany Workstation

Executed detailed ergonomic task analysis of product design task functions for Tiffany and Company. Created adjustable workstation configuration optimized to reduce repetitive motion disorders in the use of high-end CAD programs and related software. Produced full-scale mockups and conducted user verification testing. Coordinate final production for 45 workstations and layout of entire department.

Micro-Manufacturing

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MAURO Micro-Manufacturing

Conducted ergonomic task analysis of micro-level jewelry production and polishing tasks. Created standardized ergonomic evaluation methodology and produced robust solutions for design of new jewelry production workstations. Solutions produced dramatic reduction in workplace ergonomic related health factors. Design verified through extensive user testing. Coordinated production of complex workstation solution. MauroNewMedia recieved the 2013 Stanley Caplan User Centered Design Award.

Energy Generation

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MAURO Energy Generation

Working in conjunction with large engineering teams and consultants executed complex ergonomic analysis projects in the power generation sector. Programs included control rooms, testing equipment, tools, component parts and process/procedure design for clients including: Consolidated Edison, New Jersey Power and Light, Louisiana Power and Light, Weir Minerals…and others.

Longaberger, Inc.

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MAURO Longaberger, Inc.

Prior to development of advanced ergonomic workstation for the Longaberger company MNM executed a complex micro-level task analysis for production of high-end basket making. The analysis focused on formal identification of risk factors and production performance variables that could be mitigated or reduced through enhanced workstation design and training. Research lead to design of new production workstation.

Ergonomic Seating Analysis

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MAURO Ergonomic Seating Analysis

Executed comprehensive ergonomic analysis of 14 leading “ergonomic” task and executive chairs from 9 leading manufacturers. Prepared formal ergonomic rules-based evaluation process and conducted detailed audit of all chairs in structured setting. Produced detailed ergonomic ranking of seating systems. Data utilized by large clients in purchase decisions related to seating systems for facilities installed on global basis.

Hand Tool Ergonomics

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MAURO Hand Tool Ergonomics

Executed extensive ergonomic analysis and optimization of a wide range of hand-held industrial tools and related use procedures and training. Conducted ergonomic analysis in wide range of industrial settings and production environments on a global basis. Produced extensive recommendations for improvements to hand-tool design and related proper-use training guides.

Medical Device Ergonomics

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MAURO Medical Device Ergonomics

We have executed groundbreaking ergonomic analysis programs for complex hand-held medical devices for consumer and commercial drug delivery systems. These programs included development of ergonomic product performance measures fully verified through rigorous user testing based on IRB approvals. These projects included development of proprietary 3D device tracking and ergonomic optimization processes.

Workstation Ergonomics

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MAURO Workstation Ergonomics

Executed extensive complex ergonomic analysis of computer-based workstations for consumer and commercial applications. These programs included examination of physical ergonomic attributes of existing and prototype workstation configurations combined with screen-based content organization and optimization. We have extensive experience in many industry sectors and verticals.

Industrial Maintenance Applications

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MAURO Industrial Maintenance Applications

We have executed extensive ergonomic analysis and optimization programs in numerous industrial maintenance application areas. The focus of these studies and related optimization programs was the benchmarking and creation of updated, ergonomically robust and reliable maintenance procedures and related supporting hardware and software. We have extensive experience with represented workers in this category of ergonomic research.