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Monday, April 03, 2006

Sunday Spotlight (On Monday): Power Grips

The focus of this week's Sunday Spotlight (written today due to a sudden personal engagement that came up yesterday) is not on an object, but rather on a technique. Power grips refers to a grip where the hand wraps fully around a handle of a tool, allowing the user to express more power to the tool being used, hence the name.

By using larger muscles in the worker's arm, they are able to impart more power to the tool for less effort on the muscle's part, greatly reducing muscular fatigue in the arm. One disadvantage of the power grip is that it lacks the precision and accuracy of the precision grip. If the task requires more than 2 lbs of force though, a power grip should be used, and accuracy requirements on the part of the user be reduced through engineering measures.


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