No more Vibration Injuries
|Swerea IVF AB - Swerea IVF Göteborg
|Funding from Vinnova
|SEK 500 000
|May 2014 - January 2015
|Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation
Purpose and goal
The project aims to remove vibration injuries to people by developing low vibration machines that simultaneously strengthens machine manufacturers business competitiveness and reduce society and business costs for injured people. Vibration reduction is made possible largely through a newly developed patented technology. The project has a clear course for the utilization by developing concept prototypes. The project will show that the machines do not need to vibrate and injure people.
Results and expected effects
During the project, in step 1, a consortium was built up by 22 participants consisting of machine manufacturers, machine users, the Swedish Work Environment Authority, the workforce partners, working clinics and medical and vibration research. The vibration reducing effect of the technology was verified through an initial concept prototype for a chipping hammer with very low vibration and half the weight. In step 2, the concept prototypes will show that machines do not need to vibrate and cause injuries to humans. The consortium has very good opportunities to disseminate the results.
Approach and implementation
In step 1, the consortium has been created and a first concept verified. In step 2, about 6 low vibration concept prototypes for different machine types will be developed and verified in various user situations. The prototypes will then be the basis for determining requirements for manufacturers from users. The project will in step 2 also focus on changing the outdated vibration standard. Dissemination of results will be done by all parties involved: manufacturers, users, government, social partners, working clinicians and researchers.