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Virtual technology streamlines Ford's manufacturing

from The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. is using virtual reality to keep its workers safe and assist them on nearly every part of the car-building process. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker on July 16 invited media for a first look inside its new Ergonomics and Variation Analysis Lab, a 1,800-square-foot facility that opened in January and serves as a testing hub for everything from attaching transmissions to engines to connecting hoses and pushing in headlamps. Using virtual reality demos, Ford has been able to streamline the manufacturing process and make it safer, resulting in a 70 percent drop in worker injury rate and 90 percent drop in ergonomic issues like overextended movements and difficult hand clearance. more

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