Dr. Michiel de Looze, Ph.D., senior scientist at TNO (Netherlands Institute for Applied Research), is involved in research and innovation in close collaboration with industry. His focus is on collaborative robots and exoskeletons. His research gives input to their design and implementation, mainly in the manufacturing, logistics and construction sector. In field and laboratory studies he evaluates their usability and acceptance, and their effects on physical loading, cognitive loading, fatigue and performance. For his work on exoskeletons see TNO iBotics Exoskeletons – YouTube.
Reducing the barriers for implementation of exoskeletons in practice
Several arm-support and back support are ready for application in the field , but companies and sector organisation face various barriers to adopt them. One of these is difficulty in pre-assessing their usefulness, human body impact, worker acceptance and business case.
How to address, reduce or eliminate these barriers and accelerate the adoption of industrial exoskeletons? Some strategies will be presented.