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Evaluating grass cutting

Group: Design Ergonomics

Project: Ergonomics and Usability Evaluation of a Range of Ride-on Grass Cutting Machinery

An ergonomics and usability evaluation of a range of ride-on grass cutting machinery produced by Ransomes Jacobsen

1 day May 2013

£2250

Dr Russell Marshall

Sponsor(s):

Overview

Not all projects are long term endeavours.  The Design Ergonomics Group also perform many smaller ‘consultancy’ type projects providing research and expert input into a broad range of issues. 

This particular project consisted of an ergonomics and usability evaluation of a range of ride-on grass cutting machinery produced by Ransomes Jacobsen. 

The evaluation consisted of a heuristic appraisal of the current designs, including ingress and egress, the driving position, the configuration and layout of controls / interaction points, and ancillary operating conditions as conducted by the operator not in the driving position. 

The project was able to identify a range of issues and potential improvements for usability throughout the product range and to provide recommendations highlighting critical through to desirable interventions that the Ransomes Jacobsen could address at various timescales to integrate within their existing working processes.

Please contact Dr Russell Marshall for more information.