Human factor engineering
The man-system integration approach
Integration of human factor engineering in the development of complex systems may be challenging. For this reason, this issue is often not part of the development process routine. This applies to small and large, well-established companies alike.
When human factors are not integrated in the development process, users may end up having to “fight” inefficient procedures to operate the system successfully.
In many cases, the effect may prove to be a combination of problems and have economic implications, such as:
Lengthy unproductive downtime
Long operator training
High chances of human error
Complicated, inaccessible maintenance
Exposure to ergonomic hazards
Frustrated, poorly motivated workers
These effects lead companies to look for methods for integrating human factors ...