Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2014, 62, 1021-1032
Published online 2014-12-02

Applications of Mechatronics in Seating Furniture

Hynek Maňák

Department of Furniture, Design and Habitation, Faculty of Foresty and Wood Technology, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic

Mechatronics is gradually being used in different fields of the production process and final products. In the field of home seating furniture, it has not been formally declared as such yet. The purpose of further development of seating furniture is to improve its ergonomic parameters, to improve user comfort in controlling and using seating furniture or to provide new additional functions of seating furniture. Application of mechatronic principles can be presumed within the framework of this development. An analysis of the current state of reclining seating furniture, which uses mechanical and electromechanical positioning mechanisms, is conducted in order to formulate possible fields of applying mechatronics. The analysis defines individual ergonomic parameters which are influenced in reclining of seating furniture. This analysis is used as a basis for formulating a hypothesis describing potential development fields of applying mechatronics in home seating furniture.


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