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Exoskeleton exploration: Research, development, and applicability of industrial exoskeletons in the automotive industry
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis is to explore the subject of industrial exoskeleton in accord-ance to the applicability of the technology preventing musculoskeletal disorders within the automotive industry. The modern technology of exoskeletons has a limited field of research and knowledge and is in need to be studied to provide organisations with proper findings for understanding the applicability of the technology. In the auto-motive industry musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is one of the most common disor-ders among employees and industries work constantly to decrease and prevent MSDs within their work environments. By conducting literature reviews, the status of exo-skeleton research and development concluded that academic research mostly focuses on technological development of exoskeletons, and not laboratory and/or field testing of currently available industrial exoskeletons. However, through database and website searches, twenty-four available industrial exoskeletons were identified which could be applicable within the automotive industry. Through literature and a case illustration, a number of potential causes for MSDs within the automotive industry were identified and a framework was developed in order to match appropriate available industrial ex-oskeleton to be used in potentially preventing common MSDs. The discussion of the thesis highlights the benefits and challenges of implementing an industrial exoskele-ton within an industry. Proper research on the currently available industrial exoskele-tons is lacking and creates questions of reliability for the technology. However, devel-opment of industrial exoskeletons have shown to focus on prevention of the most common causes of MSDs within industries in their design and development, making the applicability of industrial exoskeletons highly possible.

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2018. , p. 46
Keywords [en]
exoskeleton, assistive device, wearable robotics, musculoskeletal disorders, MSDs, strain injuries, ergonomics, automotive, industry, manual handling
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-40093ISRN: JU-JTH-PRS-2-20180035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-40093DiVA, id: diva2:1216221
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JTH, Production Systems
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