Ford is one of many companies using wearable technology to ease the burden for assembly workers. Exoskeletons are ergonomic devices that can reduce fatigue and aid in protecting workers from repetitive strenuous motion. The wearable technology at first was mostly intended for industrial usage, however the military and medical fields are finding its applications appealing.  

Exoskeleton applications

Examples of practical wearable technology applications include magnetic lift assists, articulating arms, hydraulic lift tables and weld positioners.

Magnetic lift assists transform a heavy task into a light or even a weightless one becoming popular in the industrial workplace.

Articulating arms remove the weight of the machine in drilling, trapping or grinding activities enhancing the accuracy and reducing the time to compete the operation.

Hydraulic lift tables enable workers to position work at a convenient and efficient height eliminating physical strains – bending, lifting, stretching – related to machine feeding applications.

Weld positioners enable a welder to avoid strenuous physical positioning by protecting vulnerable body parts.

Exoskeletons offer a protecting shield from repetitive motion making assembly workers safer, more precise and productive.

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https://www.thefabricator.com/article/assembly/exoskeletons-make-assembly-finishing-joining-less-injurious-more-productive