Ergonomic Engineering

Posted by Zero Gravity Tables on 7th Jun 2018

The Zero Gravity Product Development Team is composed of a group of engineers that have individual skill sets but they all integrate ergonomic engineering into their product designs. That is because Zero Gravity Tables is on a mission to develop innovative technology that improves our customers’ lives.

So, what exactly is ergonomic engineering?

Ergonomics [ˌər-gə-ˈnä-miks], n. the study of how a workplace and the equipment used there can best be designed for comfort, efficiency, safety, and productivity
Source: Encarta Dictionary: English (North American)

During World War II, the U.S. focused its efforts on improving the work conditions for soldiers which would ultimately increase the efficiency of the U.S. Military (Source: Wickens & Hollands, 2000). The commercial sector saw the value in providing a healthy work environment for their employees which is why corporations began applying the knowledge from ergonomic engineering at their offices. 

According OSHA, utilizing ergonomics in the workplace can:

1. Increase productivity and morale

2. Decrease the amount of pain employees experience 

3. Decrease the amount of number of sick days 

4. Increase overall savings for the company 

Additionally, a CDC study showed that companies are hit with major expenses due to inactive employees developing chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. 

There is a continuously growing body of research literature that ergonomic engineers use to develop new technologies that can be integrated into office environments. This is exciting for our Product Development Team because they are constantly looking for solutions to environments that prevent our customers from maintaining a healthy lifestyle.