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Press Release: TWO NEW USCAR MATERIAL HANDLING SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS PUBLISHED BY SAE

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 23, 2015 – Two new specifications for material handling, developed by the USCAR Ergonomics Task Force (ETF), have recently been published by SAE International. 

SAE/USCAR-41, Ergonomic Guidelines for Carts and Dollies, and SAE/USCAR-42, Ergonomic Guidelines for Small Lot Delivery Operations, both aim to enhance the health and safety of material handling employees while maintaining work efficiency and product quality.

Through its work at the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC, a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, the ETF aligned existing guidelines from all three member companies, identified and evaluated gaps, and compiled plant data in order to complete the new specifications.
USCAR-41 provides ergonomic guidelines for cart and dolly usage to reduce push/pull forces, and provide measurement methods and techniques for design.  This specifically applies to the manual handling of carts and dollies in material handling systems.

USCAR-42 is a comprehensive document providing detailed methodology to design and assess ergonomic acceptability related to manual material handling tasks.  The guidelines address a diverse range of tasks including material location, load weight and size, equipment design and configuration, handling frequency, and activity and element composition times.  These allow for proper development of systems such as hand clearance and coupling while loading and aisle width enabling tractor and trailer access.

“Effective material handling strategies are important to our member companies,” said Allison Stephens, Ford’s representative to the ETF.  “These robust business practices enable the continuous improvement of workplace practices to benefit material handling employees.”

Both USCAR-41 and -42 were published by SAE in March 2015.  All three USCAR member companies are currently, or are in the process of, applying these standards to their material handling practices.

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Founded in 1992, USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology company for FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. The goal of USCAR is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development. For more information, visit USCAR’s website at www.uscar.org

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