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Ford trials exoskeleton technology

Ford trials exoskeleton technology

Ford is trialling exoskeleton technology to make their workers more efficient.

The automotive company have invested in the EksoVest, which helps to elevate and support the worker's arms to make it easier when they are performing overhead tasks.

It is extremely lightweight and lets the person move their arms around freely but is able to help a person lift five pounds to 15 pounds per arm.

Russ Angold, co-founder and chief technology officer of Ekso Bionics, said: "Collaboratively working with Ford enabled us to test and refine early prototypes of the EksoVest based on insights directly from their production line workers.

"The end result is a wearable tool that reduces the strain on a worker's body, reducing the likelihood of injury, and helping them feel better at the end of the day - increasing both productivity and morale."

Whilst UAW-Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles added: "The health and safety of our membership has always been our highest priority. With the proven success at the piloted locations, we look forward to expanding this technology to our other UAW-Ford manufacturing facilities."

And Ford have put in this measure to help make their workers safer and become more productive.

Bruce Hettle, Ford group vice president, Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, shared: "Our goal has always been to keep the work environment safe and productive for the hardworking men and women we rely on across the globe. Investing in the latest ergonomics research, assembly improvements and lift-assist technologies has helped us design efficient and safe assembly lines, while maintaining high vehicle quality for our customers."

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