Multi-objective Optimization of Ergonomicsand Productivity

Aitor Iriondo Pascual, Dan Högberg, Anna Syberfeldt, Erik Brolin, Estela Perez Luque, Lars Hanson & Dan Lämkull (2022). Multi-objective Optimization of Ergonomics and Productivity by Using an Optimization Framework. Book chapter in: Proceedings of the 21st Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2021). Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol 223 p. 374-378.

Simulation technologies are widely used in industry as they enable efficient creation, testing, and optimization of the design of products and production systems in virtual worlds, rather than creating, testing, and optimizing prototypes in the physical world. In an industrial production context, simulation of productivity and ergonomics helps companies to find and realize optimized solutions that uphold profitability, output, quality, and worker well-being in their production facilities. However, these two types of simulations are typically carried out using separate software, used by different users, with different objectives. This easily causes silo effects, leading to slow development processes and sub-optimal solutions. This paper reports on research related to the realization of an optimization framework that enables the concurrent optimization of aspects relating to both ergonomics and productivity. The framework is meant to facilitate the inclusion of Ergonomics 4.0 in the Industry 4.0 revolution. Access publication.