CAR WORKERS BUDDY UP WITH ROBOTS – MAN AND MACHINE WORK HAND-IN-HAND AS FORD APPLIES INDUSTRY 4.0 AUTOMATION
- Ford is among the first auto makers to develop a new, closely integrated approach to car workers and robots working together on the assembly line
- Workers use collaborative robots, also known as co-bots, to help fit shock absorbers to Fiesta cars in Cologne, Germany; ensures perfect fit, avoids workers having to access hard‑to‑reach places
- Robots use hi-tech sensors to detect when hands or fingers are in their path and stop immediately, ensuring worker safety
- Ford is now reviewing further use of collaborative robots, which can be programmed to do anything from making a coffee to shaking hands, and are used in pharmaceutical and electronics industries
More than a hundred years after the first cars rolled off Henry Ford’s pioneering assembly line, Ford Motor Company is breaking new ground in the way workers and robots are collaborating to manufacture vehicles.
New collaborative robots, also known as co-bots, are first being used to help workers fit shock absorbers to Fiesta cars, a task that requires pinpoint accuracy, strength, and a high level of dexterity. Employees work hand-in-hand with the robots to ensure a perfect fit every time.
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