Ergo Live Webinar - Can the use of exoskeletons reduce the biomechanical load for workers?, 9th July 2020

Despite the current trend towards automation, many workers are still exposed to physical workloads. The world population is rapidly ageing and it is everyday more important to understand how to manage the workforce in an efficient manner.

The exoskeleton represents a potential solution. There has been a growing interest in the application of exoskeletons in the industrial field in order to improve ergonomic procedures in the workplace and to reduce the physical loads of workers.

The modern exoskeleton technology has a limited field of research, consequently it is necessary to pursue the matter so as to provide tangible results to industries.

Fondazione Ergo, in a joint project with the University of Bologna and the LISiN Laboratory of Politecnico, Torino, faced one of the most important open challenges required by companies and by the union world:

  • How does the score of the ergonomic scale change with the use of exoskeletons?
  • Is it possible to establish a connection between the economic investment and the ergonomic improvement?


We provided an answer to those question during the second Ergo Live Webinar, where we also present the results of the ESO-EAWS Project, along with the development of a certification procedure. Alongside us there was IUVO, the developer of the MATE exoskeleton (produced by COMAU), which obtained the first certification with relevant results in terms of biomechanical overload reduction.

Speakers:
  • Gabriele Caragnano, Partner, PwC & Technical Director, Fondazione Ergo
  • Simona Crea, Researcher, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa & Advisor, IUVO
  • Marco Gazzoni, Director, Laboratory for Engineering of Neuromuscular System (LISiN), Politecnico, Torino
  • Francesco Saverio Violante, Professor, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, Alma Mater Studiorum, Bologna

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