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Ergonomics and Human Factors

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Whenever there is engagement between a product and a user, adherence to accepted ergonomics principles should be considered. Good ergonomics insure proper operation of a machine, device, or instrument and at the same time optimizing performance and safety. Much of the value of a product may come from the ability of the user to understand it, and a well-considered design can shorten the time required for user mastery. Medical devices especially, may require considerable explanation and repetitive use before the user can operate them accurately, with a degree of confidence. We can also solve ergonomic and ease-of-use challenges with virtual instruments.

 

Minor changes in details such as button size, color, or placement can significantly impact product usability.

 

In a hospital setting, speed, accuracy, and ease of understanding can save lives. For the consumer, good ergonomics can be the difference between a product that sells and one that fails. We frequently include our target audience, end users, and other Omnica staff in the development process by exposing them to developing designs, 3D renderings, and pre-production models, giving our clients' projects the best chance at success.

 

At Omnica, "ergonomically designed" is not a marketing phrase. It's a set of principles integral to every product, handheld instrument, and medical device we produce, combining our designer's real-world experience with accepted industry standard human factors and ergonomics guidelines, and a top priority.