Accommodations for disabilities in the workplace have improved significantly in recent years. Despite these improvements, an analysis  found that only “15.6% of workers with disabilities report needing accommodations, and 12.2% report receiving them.” Cottonwood Industries was founded in 1972 and is located in Lawrence, KS. A variety of jobs such as labeling, textiles, medical, and packaging are completed by employees. A large portion of the 140 person workforce at Cottonwood Industries is limited by physical and/or mental disabilities. Of these disabilities, 10 workers have full use of only one hand and struggle daily with simple tasks such as packaging. Manager, Steve Steinbach, identified a strong need for a device which would assist these workers by reducing frustration and speeding up the packaging process for them.
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Bagging Device for One Handed Users
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Porter, A, McKee, H, Fischer, KJ, & Dougherty, RL. "Bagging Device for One Handed Users." Proceedings of the ASME 2013 Summer Bioengineering Conference. Volume 1B: Extremity; Fluid Mechanics; Gait; Growth, Remodeling, and Repair; Heart Valves; Injury Biomechanics; Mechanotransduction and Sub-Cellular Biophysics; MultiScale Biotransport; Muscle, Tendon and Ligament; Musculoskeletal Devices; Multiscale Mechanics; Thermal Medicine; Ocular Biomechanics; Pediatric Hemodynamics; Pericellular Phenomena; Tissue Mechanics; Biotransport Design and Devices; Spine; Stent Device Hemodynamics; Vascular Solid Mechanics; Student Paper and Design Competitions. Sunriver, Oregon, USA. June 26–29, 2013. V01BT63A002. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2013-14119
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