Print Email Facebook Twitter The potential and acceptance of exoskeletons in industry Title The potential and acceptance of exoskeletons in industry Author de Looze, M.P. Krause, F. O’Sullivan, L.W. Contributor González-Vargas, J. (editor) Ibáñez, J. (editor) Contreras-Vidal, J. (editor) van der Kooij, H. (editor) Pons, J. (editor) Publication year 2017 Abstract Worldwide, a significant interest in wearable robots or exoskeletons does exist, also from an industrial background. This paper provides an overview of assistive exoskeletons that have specifically been developed for industrial purposes. It discusses their potential in increasing performance and flexibility on one hand and in reducing the mechanical loads on workers involved in manual work on the other. From this it is concluded that exoskeletons have the potential to increase performance under specific conditions and to reduce physical loads significantly. However, several technical issues hinder mainstay practical use of exoskeletons in industry until now. One main issue concerns the human-machine interaction which stands in the way of acceptance. This issue and its linkage to ethics and standardization will be discussed during the conference. © Springer International Publishing AG 2017. Subject LifeSP - Sustainable Productivity and EmployabilityELSS - Earth, Life and Social SciencesWork and EmploymentRoboticsHealthy LivingExoskeletonsIndustryInnovationErgonomicsPhysical loadsRobots To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:b6055d7f-4368-45af-b522-acbbdb092a4d DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-46532-6_32 TNO identifier 780712 Publisher Springer, Cham ISBN 9783319465326 Source Wearable Robotics: Challenges and Trends, 195-199 Series Biosystems and Biorobotics Document type bookPart Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.