(Group Discussion) Industrial Exoskeletons

September 19, 2019

Industrial exoskeletons have the potential to protect workers by reducing the stress of physically-demanding and repetitive tasks, allowing them to be more productive with less discomfort, fatigue and risk of injury.

In this session, enterprise experts discuss  how they are leveraging exoskeleton technology to reduce overexertion and other on-the-job injuries and improve employees’ lives.

  • Types of exoskeletons and exosuits (unpowered, partial and full powered)
  • Identifying use cases (prolonged posture, repetitive movement, heavy loads, etc.) – When to insert an exoskeleton and when to replace the human with a robot
  • Ergonomics and human factors of exoskeletons (ex. adjusting for different body types, putting on/taking off devices, sharing devices, etc.)
  • Challenges and concerns hindering widespread acceptance – How to introduce exoskeletons into the workforce
  • Short- and long-term impacts of exoskeletons on users’ natural abilities, performance, and health
  • ROI: Are exoskeletons effective today cost-, productivity- and safety-wise?
  • Research and industry standards for wearable robotics