Working on automotive assembly lines is a strenuous, demanding, and important job—and it’s crucial that workers don’t get burnt out or exhausted while doing their jobs. That’s why it’s important they receive a “helping hand.”
As a company continually revolutionizing the assembly line, Ford is testing a new form of assembly line robot to assist workers—rather than replace them.
Developed in collaboration with a German robotics company, Ford’s robotics technology uses highly intuitive sensors to “learn” how to help workers through imitative programming. Through a simple lift, these arm-shaped devices are able to lift and position heavy parts when needed. Yet, they’re precise and smart enough to make a cup of coffee and shake hands!
Currently, two robots are being tested in Germany. If the robot assistants prove to be a hit, it is possible Ford might implement them in other manufacturing plants too. This just goes to show how careful Ford is to make sure its employees have everything they need.