Pneumatically Powered Industrial Exoskeleton
Hongyang (Ollie) Zhao
David Thompson Secondary
Floor Location : S 051 N
The project features an agile and practical full-body exoskeleton suit with sufficient “unplugged” operating time and power for its user to carry, lift, and/or handle heavy objects with superhuman strength. This exoskeleton differs from existing suits at several fundamental levels, which would be discussed in person. It allows its users to be far more efficient and productive than their unequipped counterparts. By providing great assistance in handling or moving heavy objects including various parts, cargo, as well as equipment, the exoskeleton would allow employees to work much faster and continuously. It can be utilized in practically every sector of the industries including, but not limited to, transportation, construction, mining, forestry, and manufacturing. In addition to the obvious benefits that more powerful workers would bring, an exoskeleton will greatly reduce musculoskeletal injuries, which are damages to joints and/or muscles from heavy, awkward, or repetitive work. According to WorkSafeBC, musculoskeletal injuries account for 35 percent of all reported work-related injuries in BC. At 3E Glass Ltd., a local company where lifting aluminum, various iron/steel parts, and commercial grade windows is a daily routine, the majority of employees in the shop is suffering from a type of musculoskeletal injury, and every single field worker who installs the products manufactured by the shop has one or more musculoskeletal injury without exception. These injuries lead to lower performance and quality of life, which results in very high turnover rates as well as resource-consuming medical treatments. Thus, a powered exoskeleton would allow workers to handle heavy objects with ease, and it provides significant protection against potential, and sometimes inevitable, injuries.