Nutzwertsteigerung exoskelettaler Systeme durch die Integration eines aktiven Elementes in bestehende Rückenstrukturen

DS 106: Proceedings of the 31st Symposium Design for X (DFX2020)

Year: 2020
Editor: Dieter Krause; Kristin Paetzold; Sandro Wartzack
Author: Klabunde, Jonas; Schubert, Tim; Weidner, Robert
Series: DfX
Institution: Laboratory for Production Technology; Helmut Schmidt University; University of the German Federal Armed Forces Hamburg; Chair for Production Technology; Institute for Mechatronics; University Innsbruck
Section: User-Centred Design
Page(s): 179-188
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The use of exoskeletal systems has become an important approach to facilitate manual tasks e.g. in manufacturing industry. Depending on the addressed areas of application and activities, these systems can support or relieve different parts of the body. Due to overloading or incorrect posture, a high number of back disorders may occur. Exoskeletons are often used for muscular support and not primarily for correcting posture or gaining body muscle force. The base structure of a support system is capable of connecting different components like actuators or sensors. However, the high potential of this structure is often underemployed and could be improved by a functional integration of active components. An example to increase the support potential for the user is presented in this study.

Keywords: Exoskeleton, Active Structures, Back Support System, User-centered Development


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