The HAPO system is a very light, passive and spring-loaded wearable exoskeleton that supports people who carry out physically demanding and repetitive tasks.
The HAPO supports the upper body through the partial transfer of forces from the upper trunk (via the chest support) to the thighs, without compressing the spine.
This system assists in the manual handling of loads, providing support and reducing strain on the lower back.
WHY THE HAPO EXOSKELETON?
Better management of productivity and performance Helps reduce absenteeism and staff turnover
Helps reduce fatigue
Reduces the load on the lower back by 30%
Helps the user’s balance and postural stability
Encourages the aging population to stay longer into the workforce
Helps the local population to face the staff shortage crisis
HOW DOES IT WORK
Preserves the intervertebral discs regardless of posture
Reduces lower back effort as soon as the angle of the back is greater than 5 °
Assists the back muscles in straightening the upper body
Light (1.2kg) and easy to use: Can be put on in 20 seconds like a backpack
Allows for great freedom of movement: sitting, walking, taking the stairs
Activate/deactivate system in 1 click
HAPO EXOSKELETONS EXAMPLE IN VINEYARDS
Providing Support - Anytime, Anywhere
The LiftSuit is a lightweight (< 0.9kg), textile exoskeleton that supports back and hip muscles when lifting objects from below hip level, or when working in a forward-leaning position.
It is designed to reduce workload, muscle fatigue and exhaustion.
The LiftSuit is a uniquely versatile support system that provides support for its users' back- and hip muscles anytime and anywhere they need it. As a wearable exoskeleton that is worn like clothes, it can be used in many situations where traditional means, such as cranes or conveyor belts cannot be deployed, e.g. inside airplane holds or buildings.
WHAT KIND OF WORK IS SUPPORTED?
While lifting from below hip-level, the integrated elastic elements store energy when users bend forward, and releases the energy when she/he starts lifting the object. Therefore, the user gets additional energy that can relieve the back and hip muscles. Additionally, the elastic elements foster a proper lifting posture. The LiftSuit does not only support normal lifting, it also supports lifting and handling objects while working on the knees.
Working for hours in a forward-leaning posture even without any additional weight can strain your back muscles as they carry your upper body weight. Thus, the LiftSuit also supports such posture whereas the elastic elements store the required energy allowing users to rely on the LiftSuit to support them, both when standing or kneeling.
HOW IT WORKS
The LiftSuit acts like a set of additional, external muscles to unload the back and hip muscles while lifting as well as working in a forward leaning position. Integrated, specially developed textile springs store energy which is then used to support the user. The solution offers an easy-to-use, small and lightweight support system that users can wear without being constrained. Users can activate, deactivate and adjust the support manually on demand.
Average muscle activity
Average muscle activity reduction of subjects‘ back muscles when lifting 6 kg from the ground and putting it back down. The red line is the average muscle activity without the LiftSuit, the blue line with LiftSuit support.
The considerable reduction in muscle activity shows the support provided by the LiftSuit.
LEVEL OF SUPPORT PROVIDED
Muscle Load Reduction
We quantified the level of load reduction through a series of experiments in our biomechanical laboratory. The results show that using the LiftSuit significantly reduces the load on the back and hip muscles when lifting objects or remaining in a forward-leaning posture.
The LiftSuit is being used today in many applications where lifting or working in a forward-leaning position is conducted regularly. Several examples are shown in the picture below.
HOW TO USE A LIFT SUIT
With a little training and "getting used to" the LiftSuit is a piece of equipment that you can use very intuitively during work. The following video will give you a quick overview on how to put it on, activate and deactivate the support and about general use and handling of the LiftSuit.
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