A Stand-Up Job: Great Moments in Assembly Line Ergonomics

Aug. 27, 2015
Factories have their own ergonomic scientists who help boost productivity and keep employees in good shape by adjusting placement of machines, inventory and assembly lines. Here's a look at some of the latest innovations.

How much can ergonomics make a difference in productivity and preventing injury? A lot, it turns out. Since 2003, for example, Ford has reduced its assembly line injury rate by 70% by applying ergonomics research to assembly improvements and lift-assist technologies. In the past five years, Timken has cut its ergonomics risk factors each year by 20% by requiring three innovative improvements annually at each plant. These photos show how manufacturing companies are applying the latest ergonomic technology, culling approaches and technology from orthopedics, virtual reality, exercise physiology and the book of common sense. 

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Laura Putre | Senior Editor, IndustryWeek

I work with IndustryWeek's contributors and report on leadership and the automotive industry as they relate to manufacturing. Got a story idea? Reach out to me at [email protected]

 

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