Review of compatibility and selection of multiple lever controls used in heavy machinery
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|Journal / Publication||International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics|
|Online published||21 Jul 2017|
|Publication status||Published - May 2018|
|Link to Scopus||https://www.scopus.com/record/display.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85025437680&origin=recordpage|
The current state-of-the-art of research on use of multiple lever controls in heavy machinery such as underground mining machines, forklifts, excavators and cranes is reviewed. Strong stereotypes for control selection and operation are noted. These controls may be complex due to many similar controls, multi-functions of a control and lack of distinguishing features of controls. Multiple lever controls have a number of serious design problems associated with control selection and direction of motion of the control for a required machine output. Possible solutions to these problems are reviewed and suggestions are given for designs which are more ergonomically sound. The guiding principle for a compatible design is that there is directional compatibility between control movement and corresponding machine output movement. Design for ease and accuracy of control selection requires further research.
- Control selection, Design principles, Directional compatibility, Lever controls
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Vol. 65, 05.2018, p. 93-102.
Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62) › 21_Publication in refereed journal › peer-review
Hoffmann, ER & Chan, AHS 2018, 'Review of compatibility and selection of multiple lever controls used in heavy machinery', International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, vol. 65, pp. 93-102. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ergon.2017.07.007