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With inflation, part shortages and shipping delays already causing challenges for manufacturers, finding and keeping talent to staff shifts is only adding to the concerns.

By implementing tools like an exoskeleton that keep workers safe, organizations can show tangible proof of their commitment to employee wellbeing, while seeing reductions in sick days and a rise in capable prospects for their labor roles.
Areas and tasks most common for exoskeleton use:
Exoskeletons for Processing
Processing raw materials can put strain on workers bodies when they require heavy lifts or movement throughout a factory, like in food production when moving heavy bags of grain or frozen meats. To assist in workplace injury prevention, wearable technologies like exoskeletons can reduce physical exertion and support the lower back - the area most common for work-related musculoskeletal injury or disorders.
Exoskeletons for Assembly
When fabricating and assembling parts requires employees to be physically involved in the process, like in automotive tire assembly, the use of an exoskeleton tool can provide support for up to 30kg (66lbs) for each lift.
Exoskeletons for Production Line
For tasks that require leaning over for long periods of time, like on a production line, workers can benefit from a wearable tool that provides "static hold" resistance and posture support. The added resistance holds the body upright and puts less strain on the lower back.
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Quotes
"It works really well, has a great fit and feels pretty much like wearing a hiking backpack!“
Benedikt Schmalkalt
Automotive mechatronics technician
BMW branch in Darmstadt
“The exoskeleton is a special kind of tool for us: A tool for specific tasks as well as an expression of appreciation for our employees.”
David Wilke
General Manager at Reifen-Müller
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