You may work in the most advanced laboratory, but does your ergonomic practice continue into the 19th century? If you stay under the microscope for more than five hours a day, your vision is blurred when you leave work, and your neck continues to tilt downward, then the answer is, unfortunately, yes. In this case, it is time to stop these harmful work habits and increase your happiness and productivity.
For this, first consider your knowledge of ergonomics. In most cases, people vaguely understand that ergonomics is the horizontal branch of science that studies how to make work fit for workers, not the other way around. Expensive chairs and terminology, such as carpal tunnel factors. The organization has more or less initiated initiatives to organize its workspace in an ergonomic way.
But how does ergonomics adapt to your personal laboratory habits? If you are a long-term lazy person, or habitually skip your breaks, regardless of your understanding of this concept, the role of ergonomics in your workday is likely to be small. For most of us, ergonomic improvements are easy to stay in our minds, rather than our musculoskeletal system.
In order to solve this problem, Olympus has added ergonomic features to its products, which is an innovation driven by customers' concerns about improving the working environment of microscope technicians.
"Olympus has been working hard to ensure that our microscopes have ergonomic components," said Megan Farrell, an expert in technical sales support for Olympus industrial microscopes. "This helps improve worker productivity and comfort, and helps prevent any repetitive injuries. The ergonomics associated with the microscope is the conventional microscope, and a person uses the microscope for at least half of the working day. When they When spending such a long time on the microscope, they must practice proper ergonomics to ensure that they do not strain their backs, necks or headaches."
In response to this problem, Olympus set out to develop specific solutions for awkward postures under the microscope for a long time. The results are reflected in their BX3 series of clinical microscopes as well as CX3 series of biological microscopes and SZX series of industrial stereo microscopes.
Because laboratory technicians come in various shapes and sizes, Olympus ergonomic microscopes are easy to adjust, so every operator can work easily and comfortably. When optimally adjusted for the user, these microscopes help prevent back and neck strains, avoid excessive or repetitive movements, and encourage users to translate good ergonomic intentions into actual habits.
"We provided multiple components for the microscope to help achieve ergonomic design," Farell said. "They are designed to be flexible systems that make it easier for all users to work safely and comfortably."
The SZX microscope illustrates this point well. Comparing their functions with the common ergonomics problems associated with microscope use shows how the company has solved many of these problems through product design.
"According to ergonomics, the recommended best practice is to keep your back in a neutral position and your neck in a neutral position. If you sit on a chair, your feet are on the ground, your knees are bent at a right angle, your arms are bent 90° to 120° ° and placed On the table," Farrell said. "It is also important to change the focus of your eyes on a regular basis to make sure you don't make your eyes tired, blurred vision or headaches. It is also good to keep everything in an easily accessible place."
The following is how the SZX industrial stereo microscope solves these conventional microscope problems.
Poor posture and loose shoulders
Bending under the microscope is a natural response to concentration and poorly designed work spaces, but it will ensure muscle stiffness at the end of the day. The SZX microscope has a longer eye tube, which is conducive to maintaining a good posture, and its retractable eye point height adjuster can be customized to suit users of different heights.
Chin protruding forward, neck bent
Ideally, the user should keep the neck at an angle of 20° or less and maintain visual acuity. The tilted trinocular lens of the SZX series allows users to adjust the eyepiece to keep their neck at the best angle.
Eye fatigue caused by prolonged use
To help relieve eye strain and headaches, the microscope operator should change the focus every 30 minutes. Olympus researchers have established a correlation between the optical system of a stereo microscope and eye fatigue. Certain convergence angles between the left and right light paths can cause discomfort.
The SZX2 series is designed with a convergence angle that can compensate for each optical path. Even during long-term observation, this can effectively eliminate eye fatigue.
In addition, a variety of lighting options help to provide the best lighting for the sample, helping to reduce eye fatigue.
Bulky equipment, hard-to-reach controls
The focus and adjustment knobs of the SZX microscope are located in an easy-to-reach position, and the slim design of the microscope allows the operator to change samples with minimal arm and hand movement. The slim LED transmitted light illuminator is controlled by fingertips, allowing easy access to samples.
In addition to the ergonomic design, the SZX series also includes viewing functions that can improve work efficiency. • The wide zoom range of 0.7X–11.5X enables a clear observation from the overview of the sample to its microstructure. • The resolution at the most commonly used magnification setting (middle range) is 30% higher than that of previous Olympus stereo microscopes. • Higher brightness provides high image clarity required for advanced materials and electronic research. • The rotating objective turret (SZX2-2RE16) includes a parfocal (PF) objective lens, which can be observed at different magnifications, and can achieve fast and minimal focusing when switching between them. • The distortion-free design minimizes image curvature and distortion, and provides realistic observation of flat samples in the field of view.
In addition to integrating ergonomics into the microscope, Olympus also cooperates with third parties to help customers design the entire ergonomic work space.
Taran March is the executive editor of Quality Digest. As a veteran with 35 years of publishing experience, March has written and edited for newspapers, magazines, book publishers, and universities. When not planning the QD process with the team, she usually clicks on the Internet to find clues about news and human conditions.
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