An ergonomically designed sewing machinists' workstation for Remerco Manufacturing Inc.

Date of Publication


Document Type

Bachelor's Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

Subject Categories



Gokongwei College of Engineering


Industrial Engineering


Awarded as best thesis, 1997

Thesis Adviser

Rosemary R. Seva

Defense Panel Chair

Dennis Beng Hui

Defense Panel Member

Regina Araneta


The body positions assumed while working are dictated by the design of the workstation. This study of the sewing machinist's workstation design was made to improve the posture of the sewers when working. This was based on the workstation design and task done by the sewers of Remerco Manufacturing, Inc., and the subjects studied were all Filipino females. This design will only be applicable to hi-speed, single-needle type of industrial sewing machines. The proposed design was tested by the sewers and the results showed that there is an improvement on their postures. It was proven in the analysis that the design of this sewing machinist's workstation is fitted to its users. The new design of the sewing machine workstation would prove to be beneficial not only for the workers but also for the management. An improved design would try to alleviate the users from the problems that are currently experienced, thus, would eventually lead to more productivity with lesser risk of encountering problems.

The inclination of the table is measured 10 towards the sewer. The table inclination was incorporated so the sewer could have a better view of the work point without too much flexion on her back and neck. The features of the chair are as follows: (1) seat surface slopes forward by 10, (2) padded backrest, (3) backrest is concave sideward, (4) backrest angle from seat is 100, (5) seat pan is concave with waterfall front, (6) cushioned seat, (7) chair has soft and contoured edges, and (8) hydraulic-lift height adjustment. The forward sloping of the chair was included in the design to decrease the lumbar flexion of the sewer while working. Weight distribution can be aided by the use of contoured seats. The seat height can be adjusted to address a larger population. A backrest is placed to give support to the back. The seat and backrest are cushioned to soften the impact of the chair and the body.

The material used in the table is plywood to be able to absorb the vibration of the sewing machine while in operation. The seat frame is made up of fiber-reinforced plastic because of its strength but light weight. In the upholstery of the chair, mohair cloth and Uratex foam was used.

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Shelf Location

Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

1 v. (various foliations) : col. ill. ; 28 cm.


Human engineering

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