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Greenlee develops “industry-first” ergonomics lab


November 16, 2015
By Renée Francoeur


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A contractor’s motion is being measured using a battery-powered crimper at the ErgoLab. Photo courtesy Greenlee.

November 16, 2015 – Greenlee has launched what it claims is an “industry-first” ergonomics laboratory, the Greenlee ErgoLab. The Rockford, Ill.-based laboratory offers equipment to identify a tool’s ergonomic value through scientific testing, measurement and analysis, which in turn will help utility and electrical tools users, along with purchasing officers and decision makers determine the best tools to utilize on the jobsite, Greenlee notes.

 
At the ErgoLab, customers from Greenlee, Sherman + Reilly Inc, and HD Electric Company will be able to observe their muscle contractions with a variety of tools and in a variety of positions.

Using electromyography analysis equipment and ergonomic evaluation software, Greenlee researchers are able to measure and record the amount of electrical activity produced by the skeletal muscles. In addition to this, they will also be able to collect grip strength and bio feedback information such as heart rate, ECG Waveform, and skin temperature.

 A mobile version of the ErgoLab was also developed to offer jobsite analysis.

Greenlee ErgoLab will be sharing testing results through Ergo data sheets on specific tools and published white papers on the Greenlee website.