Ford Factory Workers Reduce Fatigue With Wearable Exoskeleton Vest

Automotive factory workers who build cars on a daily basis experience constant repetitive motions, equal to having to lift a watermelon over your head up to 4,600 times per day.

It’s these types of motions that can lead not just to fatigue, but also injury – and this is where the EksoVest, a new wearable technology released globally aimed at helping to reduce injury risk, comes in.

The tech has already gone through a successful trial in two U.S. plants. Now, Ford employees in 15 plants and seven countries worldwide can use an EksoVest, a product co-developed by Ekso Bionics. The vest is said to elevate and support a worker’s arms while performing overhead tasks, such as reaching up with a power tool while working underneath a vehicle.

“Building vehicles is physically a tough job,” stated Ford exec Bruce Hettle. “We care about our employees and are trying to help them do their jobs with the least amount of wear and tear on their bodies possible.”

The EksoVest fits workers that range from 5 feet 2 inches tall (1.58 m) to 6 feet 4 inches tall (1.95 m), offering lift assistance from five pounds (2.2 kg) to 15 pounds (6.8 kg) per arm.

“At Ekso, our mission is to augment human capability with wearable technology and robotics that help people rethink current physical limitations and achieve the remarkable,” stated Ekso Bionics president and CEO, Jack Peurach. “Advancing our collaboration with a global leader like Ford, represents a major step forward in achieving our mission as our EksoVest is deployed around the world to enhance the well-being of its work force.”

Today, all of Ford’s North American assembly plants have EksoVests, which are also being used in plants found in the Asia Pacific region, Europe and South America.

more photos...
  • Brent Morrison

    That’s cute. Next, they’ll get rid of them completely in place of a robot.

    • Earl Scheib

      SO you agree they should address quality control. Yeah, you’re probably right.

  • Earl Scheib

    These are way cool…. can’t wait until fighters wear these in UFC! “Are you ready for UFC ExoSkeleton??!!”


  • SteersUright

    First factories, next the battlefield.

  • fgclolz

    So this is what Gordon Freeman’s been up to these days, lol!

  • IFDU

    Gonna need them to build all those big ass SUVs lol.

Top Gear’s Chris Harris Crashes Porsche 911, Escapes Unhurt

Harris reportedly hit a pickup which was making a three-point turn.

New Mercedes GLE Has The Moves – And It’ll Rock Itself Free If You Get Stuck Off-Road

Mercedes’ new E-Active Body Control is perhaps the most impressive feature of the new 2019 GLE.

Koenigsegg CCXR Edition Is One Of Four, Goes For $2.3 Million

For the world’s millionaires that have a penchant for supercars, this Koenigsegg CCXR Edition could be perfect.

2018 Ford GT Heritage Edition Gets Subjected To A Trial By Dyno

Hennessey introduced their GT ’67 Heritage Edition to the dyno to find out its true output.

A Ford Mustang Crashes Into A Bar, Thankfully No One’s Hurt

The driver was transferred to the hospital, but police are continuing to investigate the crash.

2019 Porsche Macan Turbo Makes Not-So-Glamorous Debut Towing A Trailer

These spy shots give us the first look at the facelifted Macan’s range-topping Turbo version.

America’s First McLaren 600LT Lands In John Hennessey’s Garage

McLaren has started delivering the first examples of its new 600LT, with the first one in the US landing in Hennessey.

Genesis Details 2020 G90 Ahead Of November 27th Unveiling

The 2020 Genesis G90 will feature a new crest grille and over-the-air software updates.

Subarette BRZ V8 Makes A Scene In Monaco

The Corvette engine reportedly makes 580 PS and 912 Nm of torque in this Brill Steel-tuned Subaru BRZ.

This Truck Driver Hit Two Low Clearance Bridges Within Minutes!

Watch the famous 11ft8 bridge in Durham, North Carolina open the truck’s box like a can of sardines.