Ford assembly line workers are testing new upper-body exoskeletal technology called the EksoVest.
The system lessens the chance of fatigue or injury while performing overhead tasks.
The EksoVest elevates and supports a worker’s arms while performing tasks, and can be fitted to support most workers.
It provides adjustable lift assistance of up to 6.8kg, and is lightweight and comfortable, said the company.
Its target is workers who conduct high-frequency, long-duration activities that can take a toll on the body.
EksoVest is being piloted in two US car plants, with plans to test it in Europe and South America.