Human engineering is “engineering for human use.” Because the human being cannot be redesigned, his equipment must be designed around his attributes and his environment. This paper illustrates the importance of human engineering in a simple example of the adding machine, with all the questions which should enter into its design.
The goals of human engineering are: easy operation, faster operation, fewer errors, fewer accidents, less complicated requirements for operators, less training, all ultimately resulting in the need for fewer men to do a job. Examples of attaining these goals are given.
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