At first, one thinks this a joke or perhaps the new iron man film. But these suits do a job few can do as they help employees massively during in their job.
They are mechanical devices, called EksoVests or “exosuits”, they are wrapped around the upper body and assist those working in factories doing heavy jobs, when lifting or reaching objects overhead.
“It is hoped”, the BBC article reads that “the suits will lower injuries from repetitive motion” and lifting heavy loads which used to be quite unfortunate yet very common in facilities like car or engine factories.
U.S. carmaker Ford is about to equip 15 of its factories, including the one in Romania, with “exosuits”, after successfully testing the technology on U.S. ground.
A Ford worker Nick Gotts, who has been using the new technology at the company’s Flat Rock plant in Michigan, told the BBC “I don’t want the EksoVest to ever leave.”
The Flat Rock plant was among the first that incorporated the “future” into the present.
Gotts added: “Any job that’s overhead, I wouldn’t work without it.”
According to industry analyst and Vice President, Robotics and Intelligent Systems at WTWH Media, Dan Kara, “These [exosuits] are acting like an intermediary between a human doing something and a full-on robotic solution… they are acting like an intermediary between a human doing something and a full-on robotic solution.”
Aka exoskeletons are made by Ekso Bionics, a leading developer of exoskeleton solutions that amplify human potential by supporting or enhancing strength, endurance and mobility across medical and industrial commercial applications, as mentioned on the company’s website.
After trials in the States and following their use in American factories, the innovative devices will also be used in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Romania, China and Thailand…. / IBNA