Effect of pipette design on musculoskeletal loading on hand

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Abstract

Manual pipetting is still the main task laboratory technicians in the areas of chemistry, biology, and medicine perform daily. Prolonged manual pipetting may lead to Repetitive Stress Disorders (RSDs), Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs), or other musculoskeletal injuries due to force, repetitive movements, and awkward postures of the fingers and wrist. The purpose of this study is to evaluate different types of manual pipettes based on muscle activities and subjective discomforts. Specifically, thumb-push and finger-push pipettes are compared in several pipetting tasks. Digital Human Modeling (DHM) was also utilized to compare the two pipette designs. The results from both experimental analysis and DHM showed that the finger-push design is more ergonomically-friendly and can reduce reduced muscle activities and discomfort in hand, arm and shoulder. We expect that the application of this study will contribute to the reduction of pain associated with pipetting by improving pipette design guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIISE Annual Conference and Expo 2019
PublisherInstitute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, IISE
ISBN (Electronic)9781713814092
StatePublished - 2019
Event2019 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference and Expo, IISE 2019 - Orlando, United States
Duration: May 18 2019May 21 2019

Publication series

NameIISE Annual Conference and Expo 2019

Conference

Conference2019 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference and Expo, IISE 2019
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period5/18/195/21/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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