Center for Occupational Health in Automotive Manufacturing
The Center for Occupational Health in Automotive Manufacturing (COHAM) is a unique 5,000 ft2 open bay research facility. COHAM partners university researchers, automotive manufacturers, and automobile part suppliers to aid in the design of automotive assembly processes that minimize occupational health risk while optimizing productivity and quality.
Main Laboratory Area
Ceiling mounted cranes and an automobile rotate carrier conveyor allow researchers to create a mock assembly line in the main lab space where as many as three stations can be evaluated at once. On this line, researchers can evaluate the effects of changes in car orientation, line speed, tool availability, and associate technique without impeding normal line production. This area also showcases a variety of industry leading automotive assembly tools that are available to COHAM's partners for line-design brainstorming and testing.
Subject Preparation Room
The subject preparation room is a private area where subjects can be instrumented and equipment can be calibrated before experimental trials are performed.
The offices at COHAM accomodate staff members, students, or guests and are partially divided into two areas to provide privacy while still encouraging collaboration.
The conference room is located in a loft above COHAM's offices and subject preparation room. The inside wall of this room is mostly glass, allowing researchers to oversee the main lab space during meetings.
The collaboration area can be used as additional space for small meetings and dining. This area also features a few desks and workstations for students and staff.