Fouad Bennis

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Due to the flexibility and adaptability of human, manual handling work is still very important in industry, especially for assembly and maintenance work. Well-designed work operation can improve work efficiency and quality; enhance safety, and lower cost. Most traditional methods for work system analysis need physical mock-up and are time consuming. Digital(More)
This paper presents a sensitivity analysis of the Orthoglide, a 3-DOF translational Parallel Kinematic Machine. Two complementary methods are developed to analyze its sensitivity to its dimensional and angular variations. First, a linkage kinematic analysis method is used to have a rough idea of the influence of the dimensional variations on the location of(More)
Automation technique has been widely used in manufacturing industry, but there are still manual handling operations required in assembly and maintenance work in industry. Inappropriate posture and physical fatigue might result in musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in such physical jobs. In ergonomics and occupational biomechanics, virtual human modelling(More)
In ergonomics and biomechanics, muscle fatigue models based on maximum endurance time (MET) models are often used to integrate fatigue effect into ergonomic and biomechanical application. However, due to the empirical principle of those MET models, the disadvantages of this method are: 1) the MET models cannot reveal the muscle physiology background very(More)
The paper presented by Gautier and Khalil [1] gives a direct and efficient method to calculate most of the minimum inertial parameters of serial robots. Some parameters concerning the translational links between the first rotational joints which are not parallel need particular calculation, partial results concerning the case where these links are either(More)
This paper provides a new robust design method to dimension a mechanism and to synthesize its dimensional tolerances. The general issue is to find a robust mechanism for a given task, and to compute its optimal dimensional tolerances. For that purpose, the developed approach follows two consecutive steps, which are independent and complementary. First, the(More)
Although automatic techniques have been employed in manufacturing industries to increase productivity and efficiency, there are still lots of manual handling jobs, especially for assembly and maintenance jobs. In these jobs, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the major health problems due to overload and cumulative physical fatigue. With(More)