What Industrial Exoskeletons Do
Exoskeletons are wearable robotic suits that can benefit the entire body or just one part of the body such as the shoulders. They are designed to augment a person’s normal strength capabilities, amplifying the normal force or restoring the normal behavior and strength of the joints. Whereas prosthetics are replacements to a dysfunctional, injured or missing body part, exoskeletons are added wearable devices.
They feature different structures and may support the shoulders, waist, and upper and lower limbs for anyone subjected to repetitive tasks all day long. Lumbar exoskeletons are ideal for heavy lifting, whereas upper limb exoskeletons are ideal for providing proper support for shoulder motion, posture maintenance and efficient weight distribution.
Over recent years, exoskeletons have been proven to be extremely useful for a number of applications, such as medical, civilian and military uses to address issues such as assisted walking, skiing, and war performance enhancement. But today, exoskeleton robots are gaining traction in industries that improve human worker performance and output.
The Components of an Exoskeleton
An exoskeleton is made up of a metallic framework for the body, as well as the actuators, a power source, and actuators for the joints and electronic devices such as controllers, drivers, and sensors for body intention and behavior, points out Control Automation.
The exoskeleton’s structure is comprised of a strong yet lightweight material, for instance, carbon fiber. High-load exoskeletons are typically made of reinforced aluminum or steel.
They feature extensive sensor suites that measure the various physical quantities on the device, which is good for controlling and automating support abilities. Exoskeletons with actuators require electronic components to control them, and these include drivers, voltage converters, and other circuits. The entire system is controlled with a microcontroller, which incidentally can also process sensor information.