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06/27/18
Wolfsburg/Bratislava
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The production process of the future: exoskeletons provide support for employees at the Bratislava plant

The production process of the future: exoskeletons provide support for employees at the Bratislava plant
  • External supporting structures help Volkswagen workers perform physically demanding work in vehicle assembly
  • Largest long-term pilot project in Europe with 30 exoskeletons at Volkswagen’s Bratislava plant

At its Bratislava plant, the Volkswagen brand is forging ahead with the modernization of its production processes with a project focusing on the future of work. This includes physical and behavioral ergonomic support systems which are firmly anchored in corporate strategy in connection with the topic of demographics and ergonomics. Ergonomically unfavorable workplaces are being continually reduced. Where the ergonomics of an operation cannot be improved, devices such as “exoskeletons” can provide support for production workers. These external supporting structures, which are worn somewhat like a rucksack, are currently being tested by Volkswagen in series production at its Bratislava plant. 30 workers are benefiting from a considerable reduction in physical effort in their assembly work.

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