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Absolutely....now better than ever.
The video below explains how ISOLATION is now possible with custom-moldable handgrip ergonomics technology.
If workers can be isolated from vibrating tools, then it doesn't matter how much vibration the tools emit since workers are decoupled from the vibrating tool source.
In the past, the old paradigm attempted to merely absorb tool vibration since workers were forced to use 95th percentile tools...that is, 95% of the workers who held the tool wouldn't find it uncomfortable.
This lowest-common-denominator paradigm (see video below) ensured tool manufacturers the greatest number of sales.
However, if the worker-tool interface is designed ergonomically to resist unwanted motion when workers relax their grips -- without interfering with other objectives -- then workers are "decoupled" and get isolated from the source of tool vibration, and maximum health benefits can occur.
If a viscoelastic vibration-absorbing material is also incorporated into their ergonomic hand grip design, then you have the best of both worlds.
Absolutely...and scientific proof backs it up.
In 1987, NIOSH research revealed that for workers exposed to both High Repetition and High Grip Force, there was a FIVE-TO-TEN-FOLD INCREASE in their risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
That means if a worker can remove just one of those risk factors, they can have a FIVE-TO-TEN-FOLD DECREASE in their risk for Carpal Tunnel Sydrome.
It is unrealistic for manufacturers to remove the High Repetition risk factor if they expect to maintain high productivity and keep their profits high. Nobody is going to slow down their assembly lines.
However, if you can get your workers to relax their grip enough to fall below the threshold that puts them at risk in the High Grip Force category, then you can achieve a FIVE-TO-TEN-FOLD DECREASE in their risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and maintain productivity for workers who were previously expose to both risk factors.
On November 22nd, 1994, PersonaGrip was independently tested at NIOSH with a Lido Work Simulator using standard university test procedures.
The EMG tests revealed a 54.5% reduction in grip effort for a tool that was trying to slide through the test subject's hand.
When the tool tried to twist in the subject's hand, the reduction was 43.5%.
When the test involved compression, there was no significant reduction in grip effort; however, the independent test subject stated that the grip was considerably more comfortable.
We are more than willing to visit any test facility of your choosing at your expense to repeat the tests with an independent NIOSH test subject, but ONLY with these national media present: TV, print, and radio.
Call +1 714 342-3020, and let PersonaGrip's ergonomic custom-moldable handgrip technology help your workers fall below the threshold that puts them at risk in the High Grip Force category, so you can maintain productivity and improve profitability.
Then design for the task at hand, not for the hand at task...Ergonomics 101.
It doesn't matter whose hand is inside the ergonomic handgrip when you design for the task.
When handgrip material is placed outside the hand and stops unwanted movement when the handgrip tension is relaxed, it's called a Negative-SpaceTM grip.
This is a popular design for pistol-grip and in-line tools.
Most chemicals found in the industrial workplace won't affect the ergonomic handgrip; however, if the ergonomic hand grip is exposed to aggressive chemicals for an extended period of time, cover the ergonomic handgrip with a chemical-resistant heat shrink cover.
There is no such thing as a mistake in PersonaGrip Ergonomics.
Like Thomas Edison, you simply found ways NOT to design the ergonomic handgrip.
Since the material is infinitely remoldable, you can heat it up, and mold again and again . It's completely foolproof since YOU remain in control of the workplace ergonomics at hand...literally.
It's Self-Repairing, so reheat and remold...it's new again. If the ergonomic handgrip ever gets torn, plastic weld it as explained during the Train-The-Trainer Ergonomics program.
This feature means you will never have to replace the ergonomic handgrip on your industrial tools again.
Use a nylon nail brush, and give the ergonomic handgrip a good scrub.
Then design for movement.
If your ergonomic-information-capture video reveals hand movement across the handgrip during the task, or if there is any micro-adjusting, then apply release agent during final mold.
Yes...perfect ergonomic tool grips evolve over a period of time.<--this is an essential component for zeroing in on the perfect ergonomic tool grip.
It's only after actually using a custom-molded ergonomic tool grip that you can discover where you can make adjustments.
That's where PersonaGrip's remoldability makes it easy to make those ergonomic improvements.
So, your first mold was simply your starting point.
Do I have to mold it?
No. PersonaGrip is a sticky ergonomic tool grip just the way it is.
PersonaGrip's composite thermoplastic construction provides a thermally stable core over which the moldable material is bonded.
This allows industrial workers to mold to any depth without fear of molding through to the bare tool handle.
Besides preventing mold-through, a viscoelastic inner layer provides addtional vibration-and-shock benefits via absorption...no matter how the top layer is molded.
To make the ergonomic handgrip thicker, you can plastic weld in a piece as demonstrated during the Train-The-Trainer Ergonomics program. Thinning out is also covered in training.
The 1/8"-thick moldable layer may seem thick, but you can always mold down to the thin inner layer.
It can also provide molding depths of up to 1/2" using knurling techniques described during the Train-The-Trainer Ergonomics program.
Regardless, it is important to distinguish between "perceived" and "observed" diameters with custom-molded ergonomic PersonaGrips.
Perceived diameter is what the user feels and is always the thinnest, smallest, deepest diameter of the imprint, or the non-moldable inner layer for Negative-SpaceTM Grips.
Right down to the non-moldable inner layer, if needed.
However, we've found that when there is hand movement, such as Micro-Adjusting -- or in multi-user work environments -- the best molds are well rounded and aren't very deep...there are always exceptions, of course.
If an industrial worker has thick gloves or has smaller hands, then they may want to grind away, fillet, or cut the ergonomic handgrip down to the non-moldable inner layer to suit their needs.
Since you have total control of the ergonomic tool grip's final shape, YOU can determine the hand grip's size as well as its shape using the techniques learned during the Train-The-Trainer Ergonomics Program.
By knurling up handgrip material, depths of up to 1/2" can be achieved. With plastic welding, virtually any depth is possible.
First, ask yourself if you can get used to the ergonomic handgrip the way it is.
This is important since it will feel different from what you are used to...just like a new toothbrush does.
Industrial workers should use it for a while before thinning out the ergonomic hand grip. If they still prefer small hand grips for their tools, material permitting, we encourage workers to grind down to the bare handle before re-applying the ergonomic handgrip.
When you look at recent advancements in mature industries, most usually take a previously fixed parameter and make it adjustable.
At PersonaGrip, we make the critical human-machine interface infinitely adjustable.
We believe that with proper training you can do a better job of determining what's best for the task at hand rather than some factory on the other side of the globe.
OEM tool manufacturers are forced to design handgrips for every possible use AND misuse of the tool....due to Strict Liability tort law.
PersonaGrip is essentially an Empowering Technology since you empower YOUR WORKERS with the OPTION of fine-tuning the human-machine interface at their discretion.
As with any new paradigm, rather than waste your time and money trying to learn the hard way, we'll guide you and share our 2-1/2 decades of experience pioneering this cost-saving ergonomic technology in our Train-The-Trainer Ergonomics program.
This one-day program allows factories to witness the installation process, and realize the ergonomic benefits first-hand before training their workers.
Tool Job Programs give factories the benefit of our 2-1/2 decades experience to design ergonomic human-machine interfaces on your tools that reduce costs, and improve both productivity and employee morale.
We analyze the tool as it is being used at the workstation, and create ergonomic tool grips for you.
The cost for Tool Job Programs depends on several factors: number of tools, type of tools, usage, facility, etc.
Since each tool and application is different, we encourage factories to make a quick video of the tool as it is being used, and email it to us for evaluation.
Train-The-Trainer Ergonomic programs start at $8500 (plus travel expenses) for the Two-Day program.
Once a factory completes their first Two-Day program, additional departments AT THE SAME FACILITY may opt for the One-Day program at $6250. All materials are included in this program.
NOTE: Upon successful completion of the Two-Day Train-The-Trainer Ergonomics program, factories receive Graduated Discount Pricing on PersonaGrip's ergonomic moldable hand grip material.
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