The EAWS-exoskeleton certification

How the use of exoskeletons can reduce biomechanical load for workers?      

On 28th April 2020, the ESO-EAWS scientific research project was concluded; it was born from the collaboration of the Fondazione Ergo with the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, the Laboratory for Engineering of Neuromuscular System (LISiN) of the Polytechnic of Turin and promoted by IUVO – spin-off company of the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and part of the Comau group, global leader in robotics and industrial automation – with the aim of facing one of the greatest open challenges in the field of industrial exoskeletons: to understand and quantify how the use of exoskeletal systems can effectively reduce the biomechanical load for workers, assisting them in their postures and movements.

The main focus of the study was on the impact on the biomechanical load calculation model of the EAWS system (Ergonomic Assessment Work-Sheet - a tool for assessing the overall risk of biomechanical overload). 

This first project also allows to develop a unique certification procedure for industrial exoskeletons focused on the EAWS system - thanks to the collaboration with the LISiN laboratory, directed by Prof. Marco Gazzoni, a study protocol was developed to evaluate the effect exoskeleton combining analysis of muscle activity with analysis of movement. Specifically it has been defined the evaluation procedure of passive exoskeletons for the upper limbs support, defining the exoskeletons class S-01 ("S" is for "Shoulder"), basing on specific requirements.

The procedure is now available for any exoskeletons producer who would measure the benefit of biomechanical load reduction generated by his product. 

The study performed is a virtuous example of independent evaluation, carried out with rigorous scientific methods, of a device designed for reducing the biomechanical load due to certain work activities. More generally, it provides a further demonstration of the effectiveness of a new generation of assistive devices for manual work" - Prof. Violante (University of Bologna).

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Output of the project:

- Summary Report “ESO-EAWS Project - How the exoskeleton changes the assessment of biomechanical overload risk for the EAWS system


For press:

"How the use of exoskeletons can reduce biomechanical load for workers? The ESO-EAWS project proposes some first results­­­­­" - press release

"MATE, the first exoskeleton that stands the EAWS test – the reduction of ergonomic score goes up to 30%" - press release



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