Companies are Using Robotic Exoskeletons to Help Keep Workers Safe #WearableWednesday
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ULS Robotics is developing three exoskeletons that workers can wear to hold and lift heavy equipment. One is for the upper body, another goes around the waist and the third focuses on the lower limbs. The first two weigh about seven kilograms each and allow a wearer to lift an additional 20 kilograms. They’re powered by a lithium battery that has a life of about six to eight hours.
Xu says the exoskeletons are most useful along general assembly lines, which still rely to a degree on manual labor. Just as bicycles have helped solve the “last mile” for e-commerce deliveries, so too can exoskeletons help solve “the last person” problem on a production line, he says.
GM is testing some of ULS Robotics’ products. Other customers include China Southern Airlines Co., Shanghai Pudong International Airport and the new Beijing Daxing International Airport. Exoskeletons could be especially useful for ground-handling staff, Xu said.
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