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Authors:Shigekazu Ishihara: School of Psychological Science, Hiroshima International University, Japan
Keiko Ishihara: School of Psychological Science, Hiroshima International University, Japan
Mitsuo Nagamachi: School of Psychological Science, Hiroshima International University, Japan
Masato Sano: Sanyo Electric, Co. Ltd, Japan
Yoshihisa Fujiwara: Sanyo Electric, Co. Ltd, Japan
Masahiro Naito: Sanyo Electric, Co. Ltd, Japan
Kenichi Ozaki: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Publication title:Developments of Home Electric Appliances with Kansei Ergonomics: SANYO cases: Kansei and Kinematic considerations on Washer-Dryer and Electric Shaver
Conference:11th QMOD Conference. Quality Management and Organizational Development Attaining Sustainability From Organizational Excellence to SustainAble Excellence; 20–22 August; 2008 in Helsingborg; Sweden
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:033
Article No.:030
Abstract:Purpose: Development of “Washer-Dryer” and “New shaped electric shaver” with Kansei ergonomics.

Methodology/Approach: Recently; the "Washer Dryer" type washing machines with horizontal or slant drums are becoming popular in Japan. We measured and analyzed posture while using the washing machines with 3 dimensional motion capture measurement devices. Subjective Kansei and usability questionnaires were also used. After the measurement; measured working postures were analyzed with the human kinematic model (3D SSPP) that can estimate theoretical value of the muscle tension and loads on the lumber vertebrae; knees and ankles. Three types of washers (European type; box shape and horizontal drum; Conventional Japanese type; a vertical drum; New type; slant drum with higher profile) were used for the experiment. 12 female participants aged between 22 and 43 took evaluation.

On electrics shaver; electromyogram of lower arm and pressure to the face was measured.

Findings: On Washer-dryer; theoretical muscular forces (%MVC; percent of maximum voluntary contraction which is a percentage of the maximum muscular force of 50 percentile female) on elbow; hip; knee and ankle were estimated. Sum of the %MVC of the new type was 116; European type was 133 (knee tension is high) and conventional Japanese type was 284 (ankle tension is 110; which exceeds the limit). The new type requires only 40% of the muscular force required for the conventional Japanese type. From the subjective evaluation; the new type was better than the European type washer and conventional type on subjective fatigue evaluation and general evaluation; with statistical significance with one-way ANOVA.

On shaver; EMG was reduced 20% from conventional shape and it was and statistically significant. Pressure force to the face skin was reduced 85% and also significant.

Originality/Value of paper: The practical case examples of improvement with Kansei ergonomics; through the commercial product development

Language:English
Keywords:Kansei ergonomics; product development; washer-dryer machine; electric shaver
Year:2008
No. of pages:10
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/033/030/ecp0803330.pdf
Available:2008-12-09
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Shigekazu Ishihara, Keiko Ishihara, Mitsuo Nagamachi, Masato Sano, Yoshihisa Fujiwara, Masahiro Naito, Kenichi Ozaki (2008). Developments of Home Electric Appliances with Kansei Ergonomics: SANYO cases: Kansei and Kinematic considerations on Washer-Dryer and Electric Shaver, 11th QMOD Conference. Quality Management and Organizational Development Attaining Sustainability From Organizational Excellence to SustainAble Excellence; 20–22 August; 2008 in Helsingborg; Sweden http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=033;article=030 (accessed 11/26/2014)