The industry is set to go into the Iron Man phase with Exoskeleton suits
For years and years, businesses across the globe have played out the classic manual handling videos, highlighting the correct procedure for the lifting and moving of heavy or obscure loads.
But what if this could be revolutionised with a simple suit? Tony Stark wears one right?
But now there is a new kid on the block. An upper body exoskeleton suit that elevates and supports a worker’s arms to assist them with tasks.
Eksobionics partnered up with Ford with the aim to decrease the physical demands or repetitive overhead work. They calculated that an assembly line worker lifted their arms an average of 4,600 times per day. So by reducing the strain on the worker’s body, they are more likely to feel less fatigue and reduce any chances of injury.
Let’s take this into a Highways scenario and the options are endless. Traffic Management, Civils, Manufacturing, Laboring, all these elements could benefit from this technology. So is this the future???
The suit is called EksoVest and has a whole range of features
- 5-15 LB. LIFT ASSIST PER ARM – Lift force can be adjusted to fit application and operator preference
- CUSTOMIZABLE SIZE – The EksoVest can be adjusted to provide a custom fit to a wide range of operator sizes
- REDUCED FATIGUE & INCREASED ENDURANCE – Operators become less tired over the course of their shift leaving them with more energy at the end of the day
- HEALTHIER WORKERS – Lessening the strain on operators’ shoulders and back reduces the likelihood of on-the-job injuries
- RUGGED DESIGN – Built with durable materials and tested to withstand wear & tear on the job
- IMPROVED WORKER MORALE – Reduction in fatigue and injury leads to happier workers and improved worker retention
The company Ekso Bionics are a leading developer of exoskeleton solutions, aiming to enhance human capabilities on job sites across the globe.
Transport Scotland have recently purchased a suit in partnership with Amey and will be trialing in Scotland.
Other innovations such as VR, Automated Systems, Smart Worker Systems and Automatic Vehicles are radically moving into Highways & Construction. So it looks like there is a dramatic change happening FAST!!!
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See https://eksobionics.com/ for information on the Ekso technology