Aerospace Industry Leaders Piloting Wearable Exoskeleton to Enhance Worker Safety, and Reduce Fatigue and Risk of Injury on Assembly Production Lines of Commercial and Defense Airplanes
RICHMOND, Calif., Dec. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc. (EKSO), an industry leader in exoskeleton technology for medical and industrial use, today announced that it has secured purchase orders for the EksoVest™ from two global aerospace manufacturers to create and expand pilot programs, respectively. The assistive devices will be piloted by workers on the assembly production lines of commercial and defense airplanes to enhance safety, reduce fatigue and risk of injury.
In the U.S. alone, more than $21 billion is spent per year on workplace-related injuries, which negatively impacts productivity. Use of an assistive device can be an effective approach to reduce the physical demands involved in overhead work, while increasing endurance and productivity. These pilot programs will explore several applications where roughly 50 EksoVests can assist workers with heavy tools and repetitive overhead tasks in the airplane manufacturing process.
“The benefits of the EksoVest in manufacturing have already been seen in the automotive industry by global leaders like Ford, and integration is underway on many assembly lines globally,” said Jack Peurach, president and chief executive officer of Ekso Bionics. “The aerospace industry has similar challenges and demands with overhead work and we are confident that the EksoVest will prove to be a solution that enhances both the well-being for its workforce and productivity.”
The EksoVest is a wearable upper body exoskeleton technology that is designed to support a worker’s arms while performing overhead tasks. By providing lift assistance from five to 15 pounds per arm, the EksoVest reduces the strain and fatigue on workers, lowering their overall risk of injury. In addition, workers are able to complete tasks in a shorter amount of time while maintaining or improving the level of quality.
Specific and financial details of the purchase orders were not disclosed.
About Ekso Bionics®
Ekso Bionics® is a leading developer of exoskeleton solutions that amplify human potential by supporting or enhancing strength, endurance and mobility across medical and industrial applications. Founded in 2005, the company continues to build upon its unparalleled expertise to design some of the most cutting-edge, innovative wearable robots available on the market. Ekso Bionics is the only exoskeleton company to offer technologies that range from helping those with paralysis to stand up and walk, to enhancing human capabilities on job sites across the globe. The company is headquartered in the Bay Area and is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol EKSO. For more information, visit: www.eksobionics.com.
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