Facility Tours

Experience applied ergonomics in action with our exclusive facility tours. Get a behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge workplaces where ergonomic principles are transforming the way people work. From state-of-the-art manufacturing floors to innovative office spaces, these tours offer a learning experience you won't find elsewhere. Whether you're looking to implement new strategies or simply gain inspiration, our facility tours are a must-attend feature of the conference.

Pre-registration is required. Select your preferred tour when you register for the conference.

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Monday, March 25

GE Appliances, a Haier Company

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

GE Appliance Park is a 750-acre industrial park established in 1951. It's GE Appliance's largest manufacturing site with five facilities making washers, dryers, dishwashers and refrigerators. Appliance Park employs 4,500 production employees and 2,600 corporate support employees. With highly repetitive work, ergonomics is key in designing safe and efficient assembly lines and equipment.

  • Shoes - closed toe, closed heel, no heels >1 inch.
  • Safety glasses will be required to be worn inside the factory (and provided, if necessary).
  • No competitors from other appliance manufacturers are allowed.
  • Visitors will be required to wear visitor badges while inside facility.
  • No pictures inside the facility and no mobile device use in factory.
  • Walking up to 2 miles may be required.

Siemens Mobility Railroad Infrastructure

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Learn what Siemens makes. Understand how work is very operator driven and the challenges to change from hand-intensive labor to automated workstations. Observe current projects for workstation laout improvement, stand work instruction, new ergonomic flooring and matting, and lifting devices to carry heavy objects. A focus will be on wiring operations involving awkward positions.

  • No cell phones on shop floor.
  • No open-toe shoes.
  • Personal items should be left on the bus but purse or wallet will be allowed. 

Thursday, March 28

University of Louisville Center for Human Systems Engineering (CHSE)

8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  

Attendees will see at least two of our labs as part of the Center for Human Systems Engineering (CHSE). Demos in our labs may include virtual reality stations and headsets, ergonomic workbench, collaborative robots, digital twin, EEG electrode cap, eye tracking system, usability testing platform and others.

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