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Marketing and functional analysis of kitchen utensils: from an ergonomic point of view
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This master thesis commenced in the beginning of September 2007. The project has been performed in cooperation with Business Area 09 (BA09) at IKEA of Sweden in Älmhult. BA09 develops the range of kitchen accessories. The company is looking at what strategic launches to make between 2010 and 2012 and that is where this thesis comes in. IKEA wants to develop products that will be referenced as ‘best in test’ product by independent test panels and the purpose of this project has been to collect as much information as possible regarding how to get there. A thorough ergonomic investigation concerning handle design has been conducted providing guidelines on design features to consider in order to design an ergonomic handle and also help on how to implement anthropometric data into the this process. A marketing analysis, investigating products on the market checking out the competition has been implemented. The analysis focused on an analysing functions, materials and design in order to find problem areas and be able to use the analyzed material in a more detailed function analysis. A questionnaire was distributed in order to collect more information from the consumers about what utensils they owned/want to own/ consider useless and also to get an idea of the usability provided by today’s kitchen utensils. By studying material from the questionnaire the marketing analysis as well as different tests conducted by independent consumer services mainly in Sweden and the United states a functional analysis was conducted. The analysis resulted in a more complete criteria guide, on what to consider during the design process. Common for many of the utensils and gadgets turned out to be the need for them to be easy to clean as well as comfortable to handle yet effective. The criteria guide’s aim is to help the designers during the continuing product development process.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, köksredskap, ergonomi, ikea, antropometri
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-47408ISRN: LTU-EX--08/072--SELocal ID: 4f4309fe-40b5-4828-b83b-3480c4e3171cOAI: diva2:1020730
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Ergonomic Design & Production Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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