LogiMAT 2024: E-exoskeletons from German Bionic – AI-based, ergonomic, sustainable

Human or machine? Both. The robotics specialist shows how AI-based e-exoskeletons provide safe and efficient ergonomic support for people during manual handling in intralogistics – and thereby make workplaces fit for the future. Apogee provides weight compensation by the ton each and every day when moving and transporting goods and wares. Providing extra power, full connectivity, and an ergonomic early warning system, the robotic e-exoskeletons have set a new standard for assisted carrying and moving of heavy objects.

Berlin, March 13, 2024 – Robotics specialist German Bionic presents its latest AI-based and connected e-exoskeleton models at LogiMAT 2024 in Stuttgart. In line with this year’s trade fair motto “Sustainability – AI – Ergonomics”, the company will be demonstrating how and in which diverse areas of application the innovative technology provides ergonomic support for physically hard-working people, ensures greater occupational safety and thus creates sustainable jobs in logistics and intralogistics worldwide. The e-exoskeletons can be experienced from March 19–21, 2024 at LogiMAT in Hall 7, Stand 7B31.

Health and safety, ergonomics, sustainability and the appeal of workplaces are particularly important in the current labor market environment. After all, demographic change, the shortage of skilled workers and employee absences due to illness or overload have long been major challenges in logistics and intralogistics. By using the smart e-exoskeletons from German Bionic, companies are creating a sustainable path into the working world of tomorrow. Where automation reaches its limits, physically hard-working people receive ergonomic relief while being integrated into digital processes in an AI-based, connected and secure manner.

Sustainable: Attracting, convincing and retaining employees
People working in logistics who pick, palletize, and transport heavy goods often move many thousands of pounds every day – an enormous physical burden. With the e-exoskeletons from German Bionic, this is not only easier, but also safer and more ergonomic. “Our technology puts people at the core. Our Apogee e-exoskeletons make manual work safer, less strenuous, and therefore more sustainable and appealing. This also helps companies to attract new employees and retain existing talent. At the same time, our AI-based and connected powered exoskeletons boost company performance. Measurable via real-time data and accessible at the touch of a button via a data dashboard. With the market launch of the Apogee, German Bionic has set a new standard worldwide,” says Armin G. Schmidt, CEO of German Bionic.

Extra power: Enables work to be performed while avoiding the risk of excessive strain
In contrast to passive exoskeletons, the active or robotic exoskeletons from German Bionic combine mechanical structures with battery-powered electric motors. This means that the wearers do not simply distribute the load to another part of the body, but instead gain additional energy that supplements their own physical strength. With this extra power and the integrated ergonomic early warning system, it is possible to work continuously without the risk of overstraining, avoid peak loads as well as prevent errors or even injuries that often result from fatigue.

Ergonomic: Protects the health of workers
But how exactly does it work? The e-exoskeletons from German Bionic provide additional robotic strength for two regions of the body. They give support when lifting, walking, and carrying as well as when working in bent-over positions. They provide weight compensation of up to 66 lbs (30 kg) per lifting movement. The result is less fatigue, fewer errors, a reduction in overload-related accidents and better processes overall. In this way, they also make a significant, quantifiable technology-based contribution to the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) – one of the main causes of incapacity to work worldwide.

The Apogee fits comfortably and adapts automatically to the natural movements of the worker. It is easy to integrate into the daily work routine, intuitive to use, easy to put on and take off as required and can be individually adjusted with leg straps and variable vest sizes. Tests confirm that it needs no longer than 60 seconds or even less to put on the Apogee and click start.

AI-based: Data empowerment through real-time safety analyses
By connecting the tools with the German Bionic IO cloud-based data platform, occupational safety not only becomes measurable, but also visible. With informative reports and overviews on ergonomics, productivity, usage and more, risks, trends and process optimizations can be determined – individually tailored to the respective working environment. The integrated Smart Safety Companion AI-based ergonomics early warning system also identifies ergonomic risks within work processes, provides individual recommendations and highlights potential for optimization.

Safe: Enclosed housing offers comprehensive protection
Maximum safety is also a crucial aspect: In contrast to other, passive exoskeletons with exposed mechanical parts, the Apogee has a fully enclosed housing that offers comprehensive protection against injury. It remains the only device of its kind that is genuinely safe.

Overview of benefits:

  • Hybrid automation: Integration of manual workplaces into digital processes
  • Smart augmentation: Relieves up to 66 lbs (30 kg) per lift
  • Use cases: Activities such as lifting and carrying, loading and unloading or constant work in a bent-over posture
  • Real-time data: Networking with data insight platforms for analysis and monitoring
  • AI-based: Learns with every use
  • Motivation via display: Gamification and recommendations for ergonomic measures
  • Prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)
  • Maximum safety thanks to unique closed housing design
  • Protection against accidents at work
  • Completely dust and waterproof, disinfectable
  • Tested in real everyday work
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