Ford is saving millions of pounds each year by preventing worker compensation claims. The company is using computer-generated robots to identify and prevent potentially harmful assembly-line operations.
The software, called Rob-CADman from Technomatix Technologies, generates virtual workers on a computer-simulated final assembly line. The robots define manual operations and check each one for its potential health and safety risks.
Before introducing the use of virtual workers, Ford had faced substantial compensation bills from workers injured at its plants. To help prevent more injuries, it incurred the cost of building a prototype line and hired workers to test its potential health risks.