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The Human Factor in Farm and Industrial Equipment Design

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  The Human Factor in Farm and Industrial Equipment Design. ASAE Distinguished Lecture No. 6, pp. 1-30. Winter Meeting of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 4 December 1980, Chicago, Illinois  903C1080.(doi:)
Authors:   William F.H. Purcell
Keywords:   Anthropometry, Entry and Egress, Appearance, Models and Mockups, Visual Perception and Instrumentation, Safety and Fatigue

Human Factors Engineering means engineering the product to fit the user rather than the other way round! It requires knowledge of anthropometry, biology, bio-mechanics, physiology, behavioral psychology and access to research on human reaction to machines, to products and to other people.

The scope of the subject is too broad to cover in this paper, so I have chosen to concentrate on those areas of human factors that will be of most use to you as engineers who design farm and industrial machinery - namely, anthropometry, bio-mechanics and behavioral psychology.

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