Exoskeletons. Myths, legends and certainties

Published on: 13/08/2020

The industrial exoskeletons are devices designed to assist people in the tasks they habitually perform in their jobs. Their objective is to protect and provide assistance to prevent excessive straining and minimise fatigue.

There are some myths that present them as magic solutions and that give exoskeletons certain powers such as "musculoskeletal disorders will be reduced by 80%," and "workers will be able carry 50 kg bags without fatigue" or that "they will increase production with less staff." However, with the current development of this technology these extremes are not reached, but yes it is fair to say that they are designed in order to help to the user in its work position and that really help in the development of some tasks, although it is necessary to take into account the impact for its implementation and the possible negative side effects generation.

It is therefore important to know what exoskeletons are, and what are they for exactly, as well as carrying out a thorough analysis of their convenience and having the right indications on how to introduce them into a company.

Published on: 13/08/2020

Are you planning to introduce an exoskeleton into your company?

Like any new piece of work equipment, the introduction of an exoskeleton entails changes that generate an impact on users, their co-workers and the working environment. As it affects the general performance of the company, its introduction should be made with some caution. Before including an exoskeleton, it is important to consider different aspects that help us to assess which is the best option and and check the suitability of the device.

Do I really need an exoskeleton?

And if it is necessary, what is the appropriate exoskeleton?

What impact can the exoskeleton have?

Will it be suitable for the job?

How can I facilitate its implementation?