Ergonomic work analysis application in a small shoe business

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Aline Marian Callegaro
Henrique Simonetti
Fernando Gonçalves Amaral
Carlos Fernando Jung
Carla Schwengber ten Caten

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This paper aims to presentthe results after conducting an Ergonomic Work Analysis (EWA) in a smallbusiness located in Porto Alegre. The ergonomic intervention was performed basedon Guérin et al. (2001) and aimed to analyze the process organization and thelayout of the shoemaker workstations to provide improvements to these areas.The starting point was the account of the small shoe business owner’s need hadto hire one more shoemaker without increasing the company physical space. The EWAwas used focusing the work organization, how the flow of information ran fromthe entry of an order to the final stage of the product repairing. Thediagnosis showed the company main problems were related to the shop assistantsdependence on the shoemakers to provide budget information and delivery time tocustomers and the layout organization. Among the results, a temporal analysisof two company recurrent tasks was performed in order to ascertain possiblelosses related to the displacement and the search for material. A new layoutscheme was also proposed, aiming to organize the work stations, making easierthe stock, tools and equipment removal, providing a free space to make possiblethe hiring of the new shoemakers within the current company boundaries.

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Aline Marian Callegaro, Graduate Program in Industrial Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Master in Industrial Engineering (Production Management) at Federal Universityof Santa Maria (2010). Bachelor in Physical Therapy (2008) and Licensure in Special Graduation Program of Professors Formation to Professional Education at Federal University of Santa Maria (2012). Currently, PhD student in Graduate Program of Industrial Engineering at Federal University of RioGrande do Sul. Research area: Quality Systems; research line: Quality andProduct and Process Development, Technological Innovation, and Ergonomics.

Henrique Simonetti, Graduate Program in Industrial Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Graduatedin Civil Engineering (2010) at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul,currently Master Degree student. Research area: Quality and Product and ProcessDevelopment, Ergonomics and Health and Safety in Civil Engineering.

Fernando Gonçalves Amaral, Graduate Program in Industrial Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

PhDin Ergonomics (1999), Master in Ergonomics (1992) at Université Catholique deLouvain (UCL) in Belgium, Master in Ergonomics at École Pratique de HautesEtudes Sorbonne France (1995), Ergonomics expert at Université Catholique deLouvain (UCL) Belgium (1991). Associate Professor at the Federal University ofRio Grande do Sul and mentor of masters and doctoral programs. Works inProduction Engineering with an emphasis on ergonomics, conducting research workin various companies in southern Brazil.

Carlos Fernando Jung, Graduate Program in Industrial Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

PhDin Production Engineering (Quality Systems) at the Federal University of RioGrande do Sul - UFRGS, Master in Production Engineering (Product Design)Federal University of Santa Maria - UFSM. Coordinator and Professor ofProduction Engineering since 2000 and Professor of Information Systems since2001 (FACCAT). Have experience of 20 years (1980-2000) in industrial researchand development (R&D). Since 2001 is also Coordinator and Researcher inTechnology and Innovation Center of Paranhana/Encosta da Serra belonging toTechnological Center’s Program of the Department of Science, Innovation andTechnological Development of State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Carla Schwengber ten Caten, Graduate Program in Industrial Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

PhDin Material Engineering (1999), Master in Industrial Engineering (1995), andBachelor in Civil Engineering (1992) at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.Bachelor in Physical Education (1989) at Methodist Institute of Porto Alegre(1989). Associate Professor II at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Vice Director of Engineering College. Produto & Produção Journal editor,national and international Journals referee. Productivity Fellow PQ2 of CNPq.Expertise areas: Industrial Engineering area – Quality Engineering.Themes:  Quality Management and Control;Processes Statistics Control; Metrology, Design of Experiments (DOE); Productand Process Development and Optimization, and Technological Innovation.

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