STABILO_EASYstart_Logo_300Ergonomic rollerball – for left- and right handers 

It has long been king of the classroom. The beloved rollerball for writing novices and school children from 6 years has already been a clear winner in the classroom for over 10 years, thanks to its ergonomic design and the stylish
color combinations. Secure hand posture provides kids with relaxed, fatigue-free writing. Easy handling provides clean writing – without blots or scratches, and with every new refill comes a new tip giving the feel of having a new pen. Refilling is child’s play and makes using the STABILO EASYoriginal long-term and sustainable.

  • piktos_EASYoriginalThe first ergonomic rollerball for learning to write
  • Special right and left-handed versions
  • Relaxed hold prevents muscle fatique and pain whilst writing.
  • Clear type face: doesn´t blot or scratch – even for high writing pressure
  • Grip zone made from non-slip material.
  • With space for a name tag
  • Cap stacks on the end of the pen
  • Easily refillable with STABILO EASYoriginal refills
  • Every refill has a new tip
  • Line Width: 0,5 mm
  • Available in 5 colors (writing color blue is erasable)

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EXPERTISE: Ergonomic Appraisal of the STABILO EASYoriginal

Prof. Dr. Ralph Bruder
Director of the Institute for Ergonomics and Design Research
University of Duisburg-Essen

In order to make an ergonomic appraisal of the STABILO EASYoriginal, I was pro-vided with different types of pens of which I made a personal assessment.
From an ergonomic point of view, the following design characteristics of the STABILO EASYoriginal can be rated as positive:

• The shape of the STABILO EASYoriginal is adapted to the anatomy of the hu-man – and especially a child’s – hand. This means that a different design is re-quired for righthanded and lefthanded people. For this reason there is a varation of the STABILO EASYoriginal product, designed especially for the lefthanded. This is highly positive ergonomically and by no means usual for products de-signed for a large target group.

• A further positive feature of the STABILO EASYoriginal is the way it takes ac-count of the measurements of the hand and finger sizes of the target group.

• The shape of the grip area determines the way in which the pen is held and used. For the target group of children with little writing practice, the way the STABILO EASYoriginal pen has to be held encourages the development of a suitable gripping habit. For adult users, on the other hand, problems arise if a pen prescribes a specific grip as adults have already developed individual pen holding habits and therefore require pens that allow for several grip variations.

• From an ergonomic point of view, the strength required to hold the pen should be as low as possible as this is a static form of strength which is unsuited to the human body and can lead to premature tiring of the hand-arm system. The mini-mal weight of the STABILO EASYoriginal means that indeed only very little hold-ing strength is required. This holding strength is additionally reduced by the shape of the grip area.

On the basis of the above criteria, I can recommend the STABILO EASYoriginal from an ergonomic point of view.

What reasons are there for the use of ergonomic products in school?

Because of the amount and duration of stress which schoolchildren are subjected to every day at school, it make sense to talk about “school as a workplace” for school-children (and not just for teachers).
However, the ergonomic aspect of the working conditions for all parties (above all teachers and schoolchildren) involved in the work system school is still very much neglected in comparison to other work environments. The consequences are dam-aged postures in children and adolescents caused by inadequate school furniture and insufficient movement. In the same way, badly designed work equipment such as pens can overburden the hand-arm system and can lead to troublesome symp-toms later in life.

In designing work equipment for schoolchildren, the special physical needs of chil-dren have to be taken into account. In addition, the preferences of children for cer-tain shapes and colours should also be taken into consideration to increase the ac-ceptance of ergonomically designed products at school.