White Paper: Assessment and Best Practices for Upper Body Exoskeletons
Jason C. Gillette, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Education
Department of Kinesiology
Iowa State University
Terry Butler, CSP
Lean Steps Consulting, Inc.
With upper body exoskeletons, as with any PPE, it is critical to understand the capabilities, the care, and the proper use to ensure adequate protection from the hazards for which the exoskeleton is being deployed. Below are some guidelines to achieve this. Read Paper
Discussion Paper: Occupational Exoskeletons: Wearable Robotic Devices to Prevent Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace of the Future
This discussion paper was developed as part of the collaboration agreement signed by the Istituto Nazionale per l’Assicurazione contro gli Infortuni sul Lavoro (INAIL) with EU-OSHA related to the provision of research services in the area of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) prevention, and presents results of a joint INAIL/Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) project on collaborative exoskeletons. Read Paper
White Paper: Hip Exoskeleton Market – Review of Lift Assist Wearables
Published: March 2018
Wearable robotic systems will assist workers to lift heavy objects, palletize, and perform tasks with less fatigue. The growing field is expanding from military and rehabilitation systems to the industrial and manufacturing workspace. From industry, we are learning that there is a limited pool of younger workers combined with an older, aging workforce. Industry wants to improve the ergonomics and prevent injuries in the workforce reducing health-care costs. The goal is to “Improve the Quality of Work.” For example, work related postures may lead to musculoskeletal problems such as low back pain. This white paper will focus on hip exoskeletons that assist lifting/holding objects and moving them around. Click here to read the report.