Ford rolls out exoskeleton wearable technology globally
Ford is rolling out a new wearable technology globally called EksoVest that helps reduce injury risk in some plant workers after a successful trial in two U.S. plants. Ford employees in 15 plants and seven countries around the world are able to use an EksoVest to help lessen the physical toll that their job takes on their body. Ford partnered with Ekso Bionics to enhance this wearable technology that elevates and supports a worker's arms while performing overhead tasks such as reaching up with a power tool to screw bolts to secure the car's brace - all while standing underneath the vehicle. Ford piloted the EksoVest at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. and Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich., during the past year. The feedback from plant operators helped refine the technology before the company rolled it out globally. All of Ford's North American assembly plants have EksoVests and they are being used in plants in Asia Pacific, Europe and South America as well.