Votes & Quotes

Dr. Hans Fischer, Managing Director, Deutsche MTM-Vereinigung e.V. Hamburg

MTM has been watching the creation of digital human models intensively for many years. Until 2011, the fact that functionality and userfriendliness are enough to become relevant in the field of Industrial Engineering (design and operation of work systems) was regarded sceptically.


The editor of human work (ema) has not only sparked hopes with us, but was so convincing that MTM has left its role as a mere observer and now actively takes part in this development.

PD Dr. Angelika C. Bullinger-Hoffmann, Comm. supervision of Professorship Human Engineering and Innovation Management at Chemnitz Technical University

The Professorship Human Engineering and Innovation Management at Chemnitz Technical University has been applying digital human models for research and industrial projects for many years. Essential starting points of our work for further development are here the reduction of the effort for data input and extension of analysis functions.


The Professorship was involved in the development of the Editor of manual work activities (ema) in the project ‘eMAN‘. The ema system provides for a future-oriented technology. This is something we really appreciate from an ergonomic point of view and we will support further.

Alexander Kostovetski, Consultant Digital Factory, Siemens AG Erlangen

Currently there is wide but punctual application of the ema tool. The tool has created strong interest with many businesses. The reason for that is the implementation of partial automatisms with ema, which considerably reduces the effort when it comes to defining work sequences compared to traditional tools and therefore offers a reasonable and pragmatic option for digital testing of manual assembly activities in the planning phase for the first time.

Prof. Dr. Gereon Kortenbruck, Production Management, Industrial Engineering University of Applied Sciences Georg Agricola in Bochum

The command of forward-looking planning in Industrial Engineering in practice as well as in training and development of students and executives plays an extraordinary role at a university. A planning tool has been created with ema bringing profit not only in large enterprises, but also in planning of small and medium-sized businesses. An important aspect is the relatively simple handling, which can avoid the self-purpose of simulation specialists in the planning process. An advantage of sufficiently exact, pre-determined planning with ema is not only visualisation of processes taking into account aspects of time management, predictive ergonomic planning with associated, standardised evaluation.

Dieter-J. Sirsch, Work Systems / Ergonomics Audi AG Ingolstadt

have been dealing with the application of virtual human models in the planning process for years. Due to its complex operation and the considerable effort related to that, this has, however, been restricted to static posture studies at obvious ergonomic critical workplaces. With ema, imk has programmed a kind of control software for the human allowing me to accompany the entire planning process, starting with feasibility studies to first simulations, documentation and comparisons of workshop results to the design of the interface human-machine or also the interaction of several workers with an effort representable economically.


Thus, ema currently is the ‘Swiss Army knife‘ for decided studies on ergonomics in the planning phase, and in my opinion, will establish itself as process-accompanying software in the entire product life cycle in the medium run.

Dr. Ricardo Schönherr, Industrial Engineering, Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH Chemnitz

With the help of ema, I have a practical tool for checking plausibility of planning alternative as well as for preventive evaluation of ergonomics. A challenge remains – integrating it into the process chain of digital planning.

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