Directional control-response relationships for mining equipment

Burgess-Limerick, R., Krupenia, V., Wallis, G., Pratim-Bannerjee, A. and Steiner, L. (2010) Directional control-response relationships for mining equipment. Ergonomics, 53 6: 748-757. doi:10.1080/00140131003675109

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Author Burgess-Limerick, R.
Krupenia, V.
Wallis, G.
Pratim-Bannerjee, A.
Steiner, L.
Title Directional control-response relationships for mining equipment
Journal name Ergonomics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0014-0139
Publication date 2010-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00140131003675109
Volume 53
Issue 6
Start page 748
End page 757
Total pages 10
Editor Roger Haslam
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A variety of directional control-response relationships are currently found in mining equipment. Two experiments were conducted in a virtual environment to determine optimal direction control-response relationships in a wide variety of circumstances. Direction errors were measured as a function of control orientation (horizontal or vertical), location (left, front, right) and directional control-response relationships. The results confirm that the principles of consistent direction and visual field compatibility are applicable to the majority of situations. An exception is that fewer direction errors were observed when an upward movement of a horizontal lever or movement of a vertical lever away from the participants caused extension (lengthening) of the controlled device, regardless of whether the direction of movement of the control is consistent with the direction in which the extension occurs. Further, both the control of slew by horizontally oriented controls and the control of device movements in a frontal plane by the perpendicular movements of vertical levers were associated with relatively high rates of directional errors, regardless of the directional control-response relationship, and these situations should be avoided.
Keyword Control-response relationship
Directional compatibility
Equipment design
Operator orientation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Official 2011 Collection
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