May 27, 2017
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Innovative outfit
Airbus develops smart work wear

A specialized “smart” outfit has been developed for Airbus quality inspectors on the A330 final assembly line in Toulouse, France, resulting from the Airbus Innovation Cell project in partnership with the French clothing industry organisation-the Institut Francais du Textile et de l’Habillement (IFTH).

Working conditions in assembly plants can be restrictive, as much time is spent in confined spaces, so the main criteria for the new work wear were: safety, efficiency and comfort.

The blue-colored jacket and pants are specifically designed with fabrics that allow for ease of movement, and also include knee and shoulder protection. In addition, the jacket contains USB ports, a camera, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a smartphone, a light, and a heated back support.

An osteophone-which transmits voice calls through vibrations in facial bones and provides quality reception in areas with loud background noise-also is part of the uniform.

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