Ford and Esko Bionics have announced a partnership that will provide EskoVests, an upper body exoskeleton, for certain line workers in production plants. The goal is to reduce injury, increase production and still provide better quality all at the same time.
These specialized vests weigh about 1.5 pounds and can vastly decrease the amount of stress that is put on a workers body. The vests are able to provide support up to 15 pounds allows for movements and arm positions that take out strain for repetitive tasks. According to Ekso the average a worker can lift their arms 4,600 times a day or about 1 million times per year. Shoulder injuries remain the number one injury per Marty Smets, Ford ergonomics engineer.
Ford indicates that it will start out with two US plants and will expand out to Europe and South America.
Check out the video of the EskoVest in action below.