OPPAMA, Japan – Japanese car makers were not first to embrace ergonomics in their plants, but they are catching up quickly. And if progress is measured by bang for the investment buck, yen or euro, they probably are ahead of the field, thanks to kaizen activities well honed over several decades. Ergonomics, a catchall for a range of “worker-friendly” features such as height-adjustable conveyors, an array of automated and semi-automated lifters and soft synthetic flooring, is considered ...

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