Wearable Ergonomic Sensor Technology (2018-455-012)
- HII- Newport News Shipbuilding
NSRP ASE Investment: $149k
The shipbuilding and repair industry continues to experience a significant frequency of body motion (ergonomic) type injuries. The shipbuilding industry needs effective technology that will operate in challenging environments to obtain biomechanical and physiological data in order to quantify ergonomic risk.
The vision is that this new technology will capture the physiological aspect of any job, to include body position, body movement, biometrics and other data in order to evaluate each job with regard to the scale of difficulty and the potential for body motion injury. The worker will be fit with a series of unobtrusive sensors and go about his or her daily tasks for a few days. Each job can be recorded real time on a tablet for later evaluation by the worker and the ergonomist.
The team will:
- Assemble a committee to evaluate specific wearable sensor technology for compatibility with and ease of modification to incorporate ergonomic evaluation tools
- Evaluate usefulness of newly developed product and suggest changes as necessary
- Provide end product to shipyards