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Exoskeletons – a review of industrial applications

Robert Bogue (Consultant, Okehampton, UK)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 4 July 2018

Issue publication date: 7 December 2018

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to provide details of the emerging families of robotic exoskeletons that are aimed at industrial applications.

Design/methodology/approach

Following an introduction, this paper considers the reasons for, and benefits of, using robotic exoskeletons in industrial applications. The paper then discusses a range of products and developments and their applications. Finally, brief concluding comments are drawn.

Findings

Following earlier military and medical developments, recent years have seen a huge upsurge in interest in industrial robotic exoskeletons. A new generation of products are under development in the USA, the Europe and the Far East by a growing number of companies, and some have entered production. The aim of developing industrial robotic exoskeletons is to assist workers in physically demanding tasks and, thus, reduce the incidence of industrial injuries and associated financial consequences. Several applications have been reported, most notably in the Far East, across a diverse range of industries.

Originality/value

New families of robotic exoskeletons are being developed, and these are poised to exert a major impact on many industries and constitute a significant market opportunity. This paper provides a timely insight into these developments.

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Citation

Bogue, R. (2019), "Exoskeletons – a review of industrial applications", Industrial Robot, Vol. 45 No. 5, pp. 585-590. https://doi.org/10.1108/IR-05-2018-0109

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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