So how exactly does an industrial exoskeleton ease the burden on today’s construction workers and other physical laborers? A zero gravity arm can:
- Reduce worker fatigue
- Increase productivity
- Decrease workplace injury
- Increase worker retention
- Decrease employee time off due to injury
- Maintain an ergonomic work environment
- Reduce musculoskeletal disorders arising from the use of heavy hand tools
- Minimize the amount of force needed to activate trigger devices.
- Easy to use
- Can prevent tools from being loaded incorrectly
- Can prevent tangling
- Compatible with tools weighing up to 42 lbs
Zero gravity support offers workers an environment where they will encounter a tool exactly where it had been discarded, each and every time. No searching around, no wasted time. With no gravitational force acting on the tool, it will be inert when not being manipulated by a human operator.
Rather than fruitlessly searching for a tool in a rack system or on a table top, the worker will intuitively know where those tools are. That’s because they will be hanging suspended from the zero gravity tool holder or balancer, exactly where they had been left. Zero gravity systems can eliminate many small tasks, such as when a worker:
- Sets a tool down on a tabletop
- Encloses a tool in a protective case, or wraps it with cloth
- Balances a tool on its side, top or bottom
- Brings a tool near a surface in a workspace
- Implements an additional range of motion while the tool is in hand
As you can see, the benefits to zero gravity arms are many. This is the future of work: fewer injuries on the job and higher levels of productivity.