The exoskeletons: a support for people

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Exoskeletons: the robots to support human beings

The first prototype exoskeleton that worked with compressed air was designed and built in the late 1800s by the Russian inventor Nichola Yagn.However, it will be necessary to wait until 1960 to see the first lighter and smaller models: technological progress has allowed their development in the military field and, only recently, exoskeletons have become a valuable help in the field of work.

Today exoskeletons are a valid support to help man, defatic his movements and especially strengthen human physical abilities in various fields, from military to rehabilitation and work.

How robotic exoskeletons are made

Exoskeletons are robots designed and engineered by cybernetic engineering and biomedical robotics.They are robotic structures of various types are worn on the legs, shoulders or arms, with effects according to the objective to be achieved.

Rehabilitative exoskeletons allow paraplegics or tetraplegics to walk independently or on crutches. The robots applied in the working field allow you to perform repetitive work with less fatigue or to lift heavy loads with less effort, making the work more efficient and protecting the muscle structure and bones from the damage that can result from strenuous and repeated actions. Exoskeletons enhance physical abilities and can operate passively, following the movements of the limbs and adapting to lighten the load, or actively, with motors or batteries.

Growing Technologies

With the increase in the average age of active workers and the need to make production processes more efficient, the use of exoskeletons is growing
The manufacturing field records a sales number of approximately 7.000 pieces.
The growth rates forecast for 2024 exceed 50% and the forecasts for 2020 estimate the production of at least 10,000 units, distributed between the industrial and military sectors.

Exoskeletons in the work environment

Although many tasks, especially repetitive ones, have been entrusted to robots and cobots, some tasks can only be performed by humans: for these activities that exoskeletons are very useful.

They facilitate repeated operations, lifting weights with less effort and stress, distributing loads in a more balanced way, supporting the entire muscle and bone structure and especially preventing injuries and any degenerative pathologies: these are tools that can bring social benefit. Studies and experiments on exoskeletons in the workplace are focusing particularly on the automotive sector and assembly lines in general.

What are the advantages of exoskeletons for workers?

Considerable progress has been made in this field, both by start-ups and by leading companies. There are many benefits to using exoskeletons for work. As we have written, among these, there is the reduction of fatigue, the improvement of the quality of work and the possibility of performing precisone work more quickly.Considerable progress has been made in this field, both by start-ups and by leading companies. There are many benefits to using exoskeletons for work, including reducing fatigue, improving the quality of work and being able to perform precision work faster.

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