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Design and development of foot stand parameters for machining laboratory at Malaysian university

Yahya, Mohd Shahir and K.K. , Shara Casey (2010) Design and development of foot stand parameters for machining laboratory at Malaysian university. In: International Conference on Design and Concurrent Engineering 2010 (iDECON2010), 20-21 September 2010, Melaka.

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Most of the machines used in teaching and learning at Malaysian University such as CNC machine, Rapid Prototyping machine and so on are from the overseas companies. Therefore, the machine parameters such as machine height will be based on their origin population. Because of that, it was found that Malaysian University students have a problem to handle with the machine especially with their level of control panel. Student was found need to extend their foot in order to achieve the machine control panel especially for emergency button. Therefore this study is to design and develop the foot stand parameters for suit with Malaysian University students. A survey was conducted to collect anthropometric data of engineering students in UTHM. Seven body dimensions related to foot stand design such as weight, height, eye height, arm reach forward, hand length, foot length and foot breadth were measured using TTM” Martin’s Human Body Measuring Kit on one hundred and twenty five engineering students which consist of 73 male and 52 female. The Solidwork software 2008 edition was used in designing the foot stand and ManneQuinPROTM Software is used in simulate and validate the design using human modelling. Most of the body measurements of the male students are found higher than the female students; therefore, there is a need for refining the design of existing equipments based on ergonomic considerations before introducing it in laboratory for students use. Throughout the study, improvement on the working environment in mechanical laboratory that needs to be done has been identified. The recommendation is the requirement to design a foot stand that is located at floor level in order to avoid the students from raising their leg while using some of the machine equipment in the mechanical laboratory. The parameter and shape design of the foot stand is achieved after all ergonomic consideration and calculation taken in details with references to the newly developed eight body dimensions of anthropometric data. By having the foot stand parameters and design, it is helpful to the students in using the related machines with safety, healthy and comfort and also will increase their satisfaction.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: foot stand, anthropometric data, body dimension, Malaysian university
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures
Divisions: Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering > Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering
Depositing User: Nurul Elmy Mohd. Yusof
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2010 04:44
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2011 06:41
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/583
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