Smart Textiles for a Sustainable Work Life

This page gives overall information about the project.

In Sweden, physical strain injuries yield a cost of estimated 50 billion SEK annually. The injuries are due to poorly designed workplaces and workers adopting ergonomically incorrect techniques. The smart textile based systems developed in the project will enable large reduction of costs to the society by offering a means to assess work load and prevent injuries, hence enable a longer working life. The systems will be used by train workers to adopt sustainable working techniques and to perform objective assessments of workplaces.

The project idea is to develop a system to measure, assess and visualize physical load and risks for musculoskeletal work injuries. The system is based on smart textiles as part of work clothes. Sensors and electronics are integrated in textile garments to measure parameters such as heart rate, muscle activity, postures, movements and forces exerted. Measurements are analyzed and risk estimated using company specific and scientific methods.



Project leaders

Jenny Falk and Henry Lundberg, Hultafors Group AB
Lars Hanson, University of Skövde


Industrial/company partners

- Hultafors Group AB (coordinating partner)
- Scania CV AB
- Volvo Cars AB
- Volvo Trucks AB
- Feelgood Svenska AB
- Avonova Sverige AB

Academic institutions / Research organisations

- University of Skövde
- KTH Royal Institute of Technology
- University of Borås
- Karolinska Institutet
- University of Gävle
- Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre (FCC)
- Swerea IVF AB


The project is funded by:
- Vinnova, Utmaningsdriven innovation - Steg 2 (Dnr 2016-03782)
- The participating organisations

Publications and other results

Lind, C.M., Sandsjö, L., Mahdavian, N., Högberg, D., Hanson, L., Antonio Diaz Olivares, J., Yang, L., Forsman, M. (2018). Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Using Smart Workwear – The Smart Workwear Consortium. Submitted to IHSED2018, Reims, France, 25-27 Oct, 2018.

Mahdavian, N., Lind, C.M., Antonio Diaz Olivares, J., Iriondo Pascual, A., Högberg, D., Brolin, E., Yang, L., Forsman, M., Hanson, L. (2018). Effect of Giving Feedback on Postural Working Techniques. Proceedings of the16th International Conference on Manufacturing Research ICMR 2018, Skövde, Sweden, 11-13 Sept, 2018.

Eklund, J., Forsman, M. (2018). Smart work clothes give better health – through improved work technique, work organization and production technology: In Bagnara, Tartaglia, Albolino, Alexander and Fujita (Eds). Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) Volume III: Musculoskeletal disorders. pp 515-519. Springer.

Iriondo Pascual, A., Högberg, D., Kolbeinsson, A., Ruiz Castro, P., Mahdavian, N., Hanson, L. (2018). Proposal of an Intuitive Interface Structure for Ergonomics Evaluation Software. Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018), Volume VIII: Ergonomics and Human Factors in Manufacturing, Bagnara, S., Tartaglia, R., Albolino. S., Alexander, T., Fujita, Y. (Eds.), pp. 289-300, ISBN 978-3-319-96067-8 (print), 978-3-319-96068-5 (online), DOI