EXSKALLERATE (2020-2023)

Accelerate the adoption of exoskeletons in construction and manufacturing companies

Background

Across Europe, many manufacturing and construction workers still undertake physically strenuous activities which increase their risk of health problems, disability and sick leave. This leads to lower job attractiveness and job candidate scarcity, resulting in unfilled job openings that slow growth and competitiveness. Exoskeletons may have the capacity to reduce the work load, thereby increasing the quality of life at work and potentially reducing the numbers of musculoskeletal injury, and thereby reducing costs for a company in the long run.

Most companies however face  barriers to adopt exoskeletons in their work processes. This may particularly be true for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), since exoskeleton developers tend to target large corporates.

Objective

The overall objective of EXSKALLERATE is to accelerate the adoption of exoskeletons in construction and manufacturing companies, particularly SMEs.

Approach

Within EXSKALLERATE, a consortium of business support organisations and research institutes collaborate with exoskeleton developers and potential adopters (interseted companies) and focus on three main activities: 

1) Identifying company challenges to influence the co-design of field labs where next-generation exoskeletons integrate improvements.Improved exoskeleton benefits are validated in end-user pilots sites. 

2) Informative workshops for SMEs and large comapnies where exoskeleton experts present and receive feedback on tools to support SME decision making in exoskeleton adoption. 

3) Transnational benchmarking to accelerate industrial exoskeleton standardisation (Needed for SME decision making).

More information

EXSKALLERATE

Project partners

dr. Saskia Baltrusch

Related publications:

Podcast: How do exoskeletons augment human performance
Saskia Baltrusch
Publication date: april, 2021
TNO position paper: Exoskeletons for physically demanding work, state of the art
Frank Krause, Michiel de Looze, Marjolein Douwes
Type of publication: Press-related
Publication date: 09-11-2020
Interview: The potential impact of exoskeletons.
Michiel de Looze
Type of publication: Press-related
Publication date: August, 2020
Testing an Exoskeleton That Helps Workers With Low-Back Pain: Less Discomfort With the Passive SPEXOR Trunk Device, IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 27(1). p. 66-76.
S J Baltrusch, J H van Dieën, C A M van Bennekom, H Houdijk
Type of publication: Scientific publications
Publication date: 2020
Exoskeletons for industrial application and their potential effects on physical work load. Ergonomic, 59(5).
MP de Looze, T Bosch, F Krause, KS Stadler, LW O'Sullivan
Type of publication: Scientific publications
Publication date: 2016

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