Newsletter – The Revolution of Manufacturing Safety

The Revolution of Manufacturing Safety

A particular category of smart products called “wearables” are transforming safety programs in the manufacturing world. From enforcing health & safety protocols to correcting dangerous movements and posture, the technology helps to create a safer work environment for employees on the manufacturing floor. 

Wearables are cyber physical systems that workers can physically wear as an accessory to aid with health, safety, and productivity. A great example, that almost everyone has heard of by now, is the Fitbit. The Fitbit device is worn on your wrist to collect health and fitness data It transmits that data via the internet, and uses software to analyze it and present insights to improve your health and overall fitness levels. 

Wearables designed for the manufacturing sector behave in a very similar way. Instead of tracking fitness, they are catered towards tracking data on common safety concerns across the manufacturing line. There are many innovations starting to hit the market, and manufacturers of all kinds are beginning to adopt them to improve their health and safety programs. 

With the rise of Covid-19, many new wearables are being designed with a feature to enforce physical distancing between workers on the manufacturing floor. Take for example, Ford. The company has equipped each worker with smart products that look similar to a regular wrist watch. The devices vibrate when two workers come within 6 feet of each other to let them know to maintain a distance. Additionally, the proximity data is sent to a cloud software where management can pull reports in order to figure out where they need to focus their safety efforts.  

Pepsico is another company utilizing wearable technology on its manufacturing floor. The company has deployed devices that simply attach to worker’s belts in order to collect data on harmful postures. Excessive bending, twisting, and overreaching can lead to injuries over time, and thus an important metric to track. When the device detects a dangerous posture, the worker receives an alert and the historical data is sent to a cloud software for reporting. Workers can then access the reports and learn about their posture so they can make improvements to prevent future injuries.

Eleksen is an innovative company who develops smart products to aid with manufacturing safety. The company has built a wearable safety vest that is embedded with multiple sensors and devices that connect to a cloud software for safety insights. It uses gas alerts, vehicle proximity warning, posture monitoring and more as an effective tool for improving safety across the manufacturing facility. The purpose of the wearable is to alert workers to possible dangers in their workplace so they can take action to prevent any injuries. 

Manufacturing facilities pose many potential threats to worker safety. It can be a difficult task to maintain an effective safety program, but implementing wearable safety technology is a huge leap forward in a company’s efforts.