For the first time, DACHSER has tested active exoskeletons produced by German Bionic under everyday work conditions in the warehouse. The results are impressive. Now the technology will be rolled out at additional locations.
Working in a warehouse still involves a lot of manual labor, and sometimes it can be physically demanding, too – for example when unloading goods or picking. DACHSER has long been looking into providing employees with technical aids to help them perform strenuous tasks. Exoskeletons hold particular promise. In medicine, external support structures of this kind have been in use for a long time; in industry, an increasing number of market-ready devices are now becoming available.
As early as 2019, DACHSER conducted initial warehouse tests, primarily of passive exoskeletons with mechanical spring systems, rails, or weights that assist in lifting loads. In the meantime, active exoskeletons have reached a level of maturity that can improve warehouse processes as well. Active exoskeletons use battery-powered robotic motors to facilitate lifting operations, greatly relieving strain on the lower back for anyone lifting heavier loads. Since wearers experience less fatigue, they are more able to maintain good posture.
Exoskeletons pass practical trial: Innovative technology takes the strain for warehouse employees (dachser.com)