Source: The New Equipment Digest |
You wouldn’t constantly run a piece of machinery if it’s smoking and squealing, so don’t overexert your body on the job because you’re afraid to ask for help. And just as no one wants a critical piece of machinery to go down and halt production while it’s being fixed, your bosses sure as heck don’t want to deal with finding a replacement and training them while you’re laid up from a rotator cuff injury. And you certainly don’t want to miss the whole summer with your arm in a sling.
Don’t worry. There’s a way to prevent these scenarios from ever happening, and it doesn’t involve asking anyone for assistance. All you need is an industrial exoskeleton to augment your abilities. They won’t help you punch through walls, but they will prevent fatigue while boosting your accuracy and productivity. Here’s a roundup of all the ways exoskeletons can help you, and all the options currently — or soon to be— on the market
Guardian GT / Sarcos Robotics
Did we mention you could remotely operate this mechanical marvel by moving your arms? It also employs force reflection tech, so if you’re riding on top like champion of the world, or tele-operating from your secret lair, you’ll relatively feel changes in weight.
And any industrial facility could find some use for this, Chris Reid thought of a truly game-changing use for exoskeletons like this: “After a hurricane, imagine having a semi pull up and deploying 50 exoskeletons to enable finding people and fixing the community.”
Guardian XO and XO MAX / Sarcos Robotics
Utah-based Sarcos has been working on force-multipliers for awhile, winning a Time Magazine 2010 Innovation of the Year Award for these exosuits’ predecessor. The Guardian XO (left) can lift 80 lb., while the XO MAX (right) will lift 200 lb. Like typical collaborative robots, the end effectors are equipped with force feedback sensors, allowing for highly precise tasks. Both could be available as early as 2019.
Read full article at: The New Equipment Digest