Technology's role at Kawasaki

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Lincoln's Kawasaki plant located on Lincoln's north side, was built in 1974.

According to Kawasaki Senior Manager, Jason Hellbusch, the machines at Kawasaki make things safer for the people working on the assembly line.

Before machines were put in place, most of the injuries on site were due to manual labor. Much of the new equipment loads and unloads automatically, which has cut down on the number of accidents over the last 10 years.

"It's helped us eliminate jobs that were maybe challenging to individuals, and put them in a job that was more suitable to one of our team members," Hellbusch said. "It's also allowed us to add jobs by bringing in processes from external suppliers that we would have not been able to do in the past without this type of automation."

Kawasaki employees have to go through pretty stringent training to understand and operate these high tech machines.

"Teaching them the math, the print reading, all the other technical aspects behind some of our new equipment which allows them to be more versatile team members," Hellbusch said.

Working to advance in technology, Kawasaki will announce the opening of a new aerospace division on Thursday.