Date of Award

3-2-2021

Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Beth-Anne B.A Schuelke-Leech

Second Advisor

Eunsik E. Kim

Keywords

Glove, MODAPTS, Wearable Sensors

Rights

info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Abstract

“Performance” – a common watchword in the present age, and that which is optimized through the most functional methodology of investigating the work procedure. This encompassed the auditing, updating of the tasks, while at the same time, applied automation and mechanization. The Modular Arrangement of Predetermined Time Standard (MODAPTS) is a useful application of a work measurement technique that allow a greater variety of work for manufacturing, engineering, and administrative service activities to be measured quickly with ease and accuracy. The MODAPTS, however, made it extremely difficult for engineers to use because it required an ample amount of time to analyze and code the raw data. A new design was proposed to help resolve the conventional system's inadequacy because in MODAPTS, each task cycle of a minute required about 2 hours to calculate and document, and also, the judgment of the analysts varied for the same task. This study aimed to reduce the time taken for the traditional MODAPTS documentation usually took and produced unified results by integrating MODAPTS with a Sensing Wearable Glove while maintaining the same performance. The objective was to introduce an easy, cost-effective solution, and to compare the accuracy of coding between manual and automated calculated MODAPTS while maintaining consistent performance. This study discusses the glove and accompanying software design that detected movements using flex sensors, gyroscopes, microcontrollers, and pressure sensors. These movements were translated into analog data used to create MODAPTS codes as an output, which then sent the data wirelessly using the Bluetooth module. The device designed in this study is capable of sensing gestures for various operations, and the traditional method was compared to the proposed method. This was in turn, validated using the two-way ANOVA analysis. It was observed that the sensor-based glove provided efficient and reliable results, just like the traditional method results while maintaining the same performance.

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