Being tested: Audi prolongation tests exoskeletons for beyond tasks

Many routine stairs in prolongation engage beyond jobs that are unavoidable. When technical and organizational measures for best ergonomics have been exhausted, exoskeletons frequently offer profitable support. Two of these aids – a Paexo from Ottobock and a Skelex 360 from Skelex – are now being tested by Audi in a paint shop, public and toolmaking shop during a Ingolstadt site. “Our employees are a many critical asset. By constantly shortening a weight during a workstations, we can raise their health and wellbeing. New technologies such as exoskeletons, with that we are creation prolongation some-more and some-more progressive, also minister to this,” says Peter Kössler, AUDI AG Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics.

Is leisure of transformation restricted? Is a element still pleasing even after it has been ragged for some time? Or how most support do exoskeletons offer employees in behaving their tasks? The extensive unsentimental tests are designed to assistance adjust a exoskeletons to a employees’ needs in an ideal manner. They are being tested in both immobile and energetic activities, e.g. installing a stop lines, screwing a underbody paneling into place and requesting gnawing and sealing protection. Audi has already gained initial earnest knowledge with one of a two exoskeletons in a Győr plant in Hungary.

Both a Paexo and a Skelex 360 are ragged like a trek on a shoulders and cumulative in place with a belt around a hips. Arm shells support a arms when a wearer is behaving beyond work. These catch partial of a arm’s weight and re‑direct it to a hips around support structures. This reduces a weight on a shoulders. This is finished quite mechanically, but any motorized drive.

Exoskeletons are zero new in Audi production. The association has already been traffic with these aids for around four years in sequence to raise ergonomics. Since then, Audi has frequently tested opposite systems in commander projects. One such complement is a structure combined by Laevo that reduces a weight on a person’s behind when they are lifting or relocating objects. Initial tests in logistics, a press plant and public yielded earnest results. So it should come as no warn that a ergonomics experts from a association with 4 rings see substantial intensity for regulating exoskeletons in beyond work. “The categorical concentration here is always on ergonomic benefit, wearing comfort and shortening a weight on a employees,” says Ralph Hensel, a specialist in exoskeletons during Audi. He says a idea is to exercise exoskeletons in a prolonged tenure and on a cross‑site basement during privately selected, fixed workstations.