Ergo Cup® winners demonstrate creative process improvement solutions

Companies from around the world demonstrated innovative ergonomic solutions in the competition for prestigious Ergo Cup® awards during the Applied Ergonomics Conference and Expo 2009.
The judging panel of ergonomists selected Ergo Cup award winners in three major categories based on stringent criteria including innovation, simplicity, cost-savings, ergonomic risk and presentation quality. In addition to the three Ergo Cup awards, Ergo Excellence awards, using the same criteria as for the Ergo Cup awards, were presented to five companies selected by attendees.
The Applied Ergonomics Conference Committee proudly announced the following winners of the 2009 Ergo Cup and Ergo Excellence Awards:

Training and Education

GE Oil and Gas with Tim McGlothlin 

Winners Stefani Guerri and Cristina Foscoli of General Electric Oil & Gas, with Tim McGlothlin, executive director of The Ergonomics Center of North Carolina, co-sponsor of the Ergo Cup competition

General Electric, Oil & Gas 
Florence, Italy  
Beyond Ergo Basics & Building an Ergo Culture




Team-Based Workplace Solutions

Clow Valve Ergo Cup 

Winners Jim Jegerlehner and Jim Kopaska of Clow Valve Company, a division of  McWane Inc.

Clow Valve Company, a division of McWane Inc.
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Horizontal Hydrant Assembly Station





Engineering/Ergonomist-Driven Workplace Solutions

GE Healthcare Ergo Cup 

Winners Matthew Griggs and Victor Fowler of General Electric Healthcare, Service - Americas

General Electric Healthcare, Service - Americas
Pewaukee, Wis.
X-Ray AMX / AMX4 Battery Changes





Ergo Excellence Awards

Spirit AeroSystems 
Wichita, Kan.           
Torquing of Blocker Doors

The Boeing Company
Marysville, Wash.
Berry Masking Tool

Cost Savings or ROI           
Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. 
Albuquerque, N.M.
Implementing Ergonomics with Lean Processing for Customer Returns Processing

Ergonomic Risk Reduction
Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson Co.
Somerville, N.J.
Implementing Ergonomics with Lean Processing for Customer Returns Processing

Presentation Quality
Honda Manufacturing of South Carolina
Timmonsville, S.C.
Pneumatic Ergo Compression Unit