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Maintaining knife sharpness in industrial meat cutting: A matter of knife or meat cutter ability
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7386-0103
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5338-0586
2016 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 56, 92-100 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Knife sharpness is imperative in meat cutting. The aim of this study was to compare the impact of knife blade steel quality with meat cutters' individual ability to maintain the cutting edge sharp in an industrial production setting. Twelve meat cutters in two different companies using three different knives during normal production were studied in this quasi-experimental study. Methods included were measuring knife cutting force before and after knife use, time knives were used, ratings of sharpness and discomfort and interviews. Results showed that the meat cutters' skill of maintaining sharpness during work had a much larger effect on knife sharpness during work than the knife steel differences. The ability was also related to feelings of discomfort and to physical exertion. It was found that meat cutters using more knives were more likely to suffer from discomfort in the upper limbs, which is a risk for developing MSD.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 56, 92-100 p.
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Individual skill, MSD, Sharpness analyser, Steel quality, Cutting, Ergonomics, Cutting edges, Cutting forces, Individual skills, Industrial production, Knife sharpness, Meat cutters, Meats
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-186892DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.03.010ISI: 000377316400012ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84962373597OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-186892DiVA: diva2:929475
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Available from: 2016-05-18 Created: 2016-05-16 Last updated: 2016-07-05Bibliographically approved

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