Aitor Iriondo Pascual, Dan Högberg, Dan Lämkull, Estela Perez Luque, Anna Syberfeldt & Lars Hanson (2021). Optimization of Productivity and Worker Well-Being by Using a Multi-Objective Optimization Framework. IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, Vol. 9 (2021), pp 143-153.
Worker well-being and overall system performance are important elements in the design of production lines. However, studies of industry practice show that current design tools are unable to consider concurrently both productivity aspects (e.g., line balancing and cycle time) and worker well-being related aspects (e.g., the risk of musculoskeletal disorders). Current practice also fails to account for anthropometric diversity in the workforce and does not use the potential of multi-objective simulation-based optimization techniques. Accordingly, a framework consisting of a workflow and a digital tool was designed to assist in the proactive design of workstations to accommodate worker well-being and productivity. This framework uses state-of-the-art optimization techniques to make it easier and quicker for designers to find successful workplace design solutions. A case study to demonstrate the framework is provided. Access publication.