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Workstation for TV Repairman

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TV repairman with incomplete quadriplegia and fairly good use of his left hand and arm is self-employed. With an increase in business, he was having difficulty keeping up with his workload. He was becoming increasingly dependent on assistance from other employees to maneuver and disassemble the larger TVs and set up tools and equipment. He could not have multiple TVs set up at a time, which is necessary during stages of diagnosis and repair.


TV Repairman Workstation
TV Repairman Workstation

A 'U' shaped workstation was designed which would allow easy access to tools, parts, catalogs and equipment. He can perform many tasks from one central sitting area, and a large turntable powered with a rotation lock allows four TVs to be placed at a time and rotated without assistance. Mirrors are positioned above and below the backside of the table so TV screens can be viewed during diagnosis and repair.

His diagnostic equipment is mounted to the left of the turntable, and can be moved on a trolley that runs overhead. This equipment can be repositioned to make it available when units are too large to be serviced on the turntable. A magnetic tool caddy sits just below, along with racks and rechargers for power tools.

The middle of the workstation holds several rotating bins and less often used tools. The left side of the unit is for reference materials with several rotating file carousels and a microfiche viewer. An area for chemical storage was made as well. A number of other features were included, such as an anti-static work surface, task lighting, elevated, tilt-in-space clipboard, and a grasping orthosis for working with specific tools.

Cost Analysis

The total cost for the project was approximately $27,000, with approximately $15-18,000 in equipment and parts in addition to about three months of staff time. The client has enjoyed greater productivity and a more comfortable work environment for over 10 years.


Alan Harp, Industrial Designer

CATEA (formerly Center For Rehab. Technology) at Georgia Tech

676 Marietta St.

Atlanta, Ga. 30318

Phone: 404-463-2557