Construction leaders should thoroughly understand the importance of exoskeletons and be aware of the industry’s widely accepted exoskeletons to protect the workers.
FREMONT, CA: Safety is of paramount importance for workers who perform risky jobs. To ensure this, innovators have created numerous exoskeletons that workers can wear to protect their lives while making their work effortless. Some American manufacturers such as Boeing, Ford, Toyota, and others use exoskeletons, a type of wearable technology that helps to reduce worker strain from repetitive tasks. These machines can also reduce stress on the worker’s body while providing support, thereby enhancing the ability to work in a safe, fast, and efficient manner. Here are some critical exoskeleton products that can be used in the construction industries that should be recommended to the workers by every construction CIO.
The Guardian GT robot performs tasks in minutes, which usually take long hours for the staff to complete manually. The robot is fixed on an agile vehicle base and powered by batteries, natural gas, or diesel. With little human assistance, the single or dual-arm system can lift and manipulate heavy loads of up to 1,000 pounds.
A Levitate flagship product, the Airframe, was designed to relieve strain in the muscle and joint at the upper extremity. The device also enhances the ergonomic support for professionals and skilled traders by reducing discomfort whenever they raise their weapons for construction or demolition activities.
Ekso Bionics Ekso Vest
EksoVest is an exoskeleton upper-body suit that comes in two versions, either general or custom, for a worker doing a specific job. It is lightweight and allows free movement such that workers can wear under all conditions. It supports the arms of a worker to perform a wide array of tasks, from chest height to overhead.
The Ironhand glove is worn below a standard glove for work. It improves workers’ grip as it posses the ability to adapt the grip of the glove to each job accordingly. It also acknowledges the possible loss of endurance when collecting and analyzing data for digitized risk assessment.
Noonee’s Chairless Chair
The Chairless Chair allows changes between standing, sitting, and walking to be simple, flexible, and fast. Such exoskeletons are designed to improve the worker’s comfort and can accommodate a maximum load of 290 pounds when putting on or taking off for less than 60 seconds.