Technology / 06/12/2016
In partnership with INRIA, Faurecia is making production workstations in plants more ergonomically friendly, thanks to a Kinect.
When it comes to manual tasks, musculo-skeletal injuries account for one quarter of all workstation hazards, and can cause a production line to shut down. The purpose of the KIMEA project is to improve workstation ergonomics for the employees who manufacture and assemble our products.
The software works like this: a Kinect captures the movements made by an operator on the line and matches them against the same posture and movements used by a production line expert, as recorded in a connected database. The software can then be used to identify awkward postures and unnecessary movement so they can be corrected immediately, to reduce the risk and stress on the operator.
This solution offers multiple benefits: by analyzing and cutting back on motions that pose risks to operators, each site can reduce production line downtime caused by accidents and eliminate unnecessary movements, thereby enhancing productivity. A pilot project to test KIMEA in actual plant conditions will be getting underway shortly.
Jointly developed with the INRIA, KIMEA is part of the Faurecia Group’s Digital Enterprise initiative. Spanning everything from augmented reality to robots and data-oriented analysis, digital technology is transforming the operating environment for the plants of the future. Faurecia has adopted its Digital Enterprise project with the aim of upgrading the Group’s practices at virtually every level so as to make further strides in efficiency.
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