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(3) Exactly right.
Unless you consider human factors engineering at the
beginning of system development, you will encounter problems.
If you follow specified procedures, and initiate HFE in the concept
exploration phase, you'll be on the road to successful system development.
But where can you find guidance for applying human factors data and
principles to equipment design?
MIL-STD-1472, 'Human Engineering Design
Criteria for Military Systems, Equipment and Facilities,' provides such
guidance. Let's take a closer look at that document.
The foreword of this standard presents an excellent overview.
part, it states that herein is established 'Human Engineering Criteria for
Design and Development of Military Systems, Equipment and Facilities.' The
ultimate goals to be achieved by this document are fourfold; namely, to:
(1) Achieve required performance by operator, control, and maintenance
(3) Achieve required reliability of personnel-equipment combinations.
(4) Foster design standardization within and among systems.
The document is divided into three major areas:
material, general requirements, and specific requirements.
The third of
these dealing with specific requirements constitutes the
bulk of this
The introductory material contains three sections (or paragraphs):
(1) scope, (2) references, and (3) definitions.
The scope more or less
reiterates the foreword.
Paragraphs 2 lists some of the more widely used
specifications and standards. As you go about your job, it's important to
know about these references. Paragraph 3 contains accepted definitions of
terms used in this document.
It is crucial for you to know exactly what
these different terms mean.
The second major part of MIL-STD-1472 (Paragraph 4) contains general
requirements for military systems. Use this section to answer the following
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