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Kermavnar, T. (author), de Vries, A.W. (author), de Looze, M.P. (author), O'Sullivan, L.W. (author)
This study is an updated systematic review of papers published in the last 5 years on industrial back-support exoskeletons. The research questions were aimed at addressing the recent findings regarding objective (e.g. body loading, user performance) and subjective evaluations (e.g. user satisfaction), potential side effects, and methodological...
article 2021
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de Looze, M. (author), de Vries, A. (author), Krause, F. (author)
Een technologie die tot de verbeelding spreekt is het exoskelet. Maar hoe effectief zijn exoskeletten die mensen met een fysiek zwaar beroep ondersteunen in hun werk? Wat staat brede toepassing ervan in de weg? En welke kanttekeningen moeten we maken bij de inzet van exoskeletten? Vakmedianet
article 2020
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Koopman, A.S. (author), Kingma, I. (author), de Looze, M.P. (author), van Dieën, J.H. (author)
Low-back pain is the number one cause of disability in the world, with mechanical loading as one of the major risk factors. Exoskeletons have been introduced in the workplace to reduce low back loading. During static forward bending, exoskeletons have been shown to reduce back muscle activity by 10% to 40%. However, effects during dynamic...
article 2020
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de Vries, A.W. (author), Murphy, M. (author), Könemann, R. (author), Kingma, I. (author), de Looze, M. (author)
Occupational Applications. Our study quantified the extent of support provided by a passive arm-support exoskeleton throughout a range of postures. Mechanical support generated by the arm-support exoskeleton (SkelEx, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) that we tested clearly reaches its maximum at elevation angles ranging from 60° to 120°, where the...
article 2019
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de Looze, M. (author), de Vries, A. (author), Krause, F. (author)
public lecture 2019
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Toxiri, S. (author), Koopmans, A.S. (author), Lazzaroni, M. (author), Ortiz, J. (author), Power, V. (author), de Looze, M.P. (author), O'Sullivan, L. (author), Caldwell, D.G. (author)
The potential versatility of active exoskeletons is achieved by appropriately modulating their actuation forces. This is done by assistive strategies that interpret user’s movements and assistance needs during operation. This article shows how different strategies determine the effectiveness of an active back-support exoskeleton designed to...
article 2019
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Dessers, E. (author), Dhondt, S. (author), Ramioul, M. (author), de Schutter, J. (author), Pintelon, L. (author), Decré, W. (author), van Bockhaven, W. (author), Coreynen, W. (author), de Looze, M. (author), van Hootegem, G. (author)
The manufacturing industry is increasingly regarded as an essential ingredient of an ecosystem of production of goods and services. Key enabling technologies are considered to be the motors behind the ongoing digital transformation of industry. Given that there are still a number of open questions that need to be addressed in order to develop...
article 2019
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Koopman, A.S. (author), Kingma, I. (author), Faber, G.S. (author), de Looze, M.P. (author), van Dieën, J.H. (author)
With mechanical loading as the main risk factor for LBP in mind, exoskeletons are designed to reduce the load on the back by taking over a part of the required moment. The present study assessed the effect of a passive exoskeleton on back and abdominal muscle activation, hip and lumbar flexion and on the contribution of both the human and the...
article 2019
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Huysamen, K. (author), Bosch, T. (author), de Looze, M. (author), Stadler, K.S. (author), Graf, E. (author), O'Sullivan, L.W. (author)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a passive upper body exoskeleton on muscle activity, perceived musculoskeletal effort, local perceived pressure and subjective usability for a static overhead task. Eight participants (4 male, 4 female) held a load (0 kg and 2 kg) three times overhead for a duration of 30 s each, both with and...
article 2018
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Huysamen, K. (author), de Looze, M.P. (author), Bosch, T. (author), Ortiz, J. (author), Toxin, S. (author), O'Sullivan, L.W. (author)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of an industrial exoskeleton on muscle activity, perceived musculoskeletal effort, measured and perceived contact pressure at the trunk, thighs and shoulders, and subjective usability for simple sagittal plane lifting and lowering conditions. Twelve male participants lifted and lowered a box of 7...
article 2018
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Luger, T. (author), Mathiassen, S.E. (author), Bosch, T. (author), Hoozemans, M. (author), Douwes, M. (author), Veeger, D.J. (author), de Looze, M.P. (author)
Occupational applications. In repetitive work, more physical variation is believed to reduce the risk of eventually developing musculoskeletal disorders. We investigated the extent to which workstation designs leading to more variation in upper arm postures during a pick-and-place task influenced outcomes of relevance to musculoskeletal disorder...
article 2017
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Douwes, M. (author), Huysmans, M.A. (author), de Looze, M.P. (author), Kraan, K.O. (author)
De robotisering van arbeid voltrekt zich snel. Er verdwijnen banen, maar er veranderen nog veel meer banen. ‘Binnen banen’ nemen robots en ICT-systemen een gedeelte van de waarnemings-, denk- en beslis-, en uitvoeringstaken van ons over. Dit betekent een ver-schuiving in de menstaken en daardoor een verschuiving in arbeidsbelasting. Het AKC...
report 2017
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de Looze, M.P. (author), Krause, F. (author), O’Sullivan, L.W. (author)
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...
bookPart 2017
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de Looze, M.P. (author), van Rhijn, G. (author)
Het werken met robots is gemakkelijker en gezonder als ze zijn ontworpen met de mens als uitgangspunt. De robotisering en digitalisering van arbeid voltrekt zich in rap tempo. Veel mensen maken zich zorgen om hun baan. Als bedrijven én de komende regering hier niet slim mee omgaan.
article 2017
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de Looze, M.P. (author), Krause, F. (author), van Dijk, W. (author)
Exoskeletten zijn hot. Bijna dagelijks verschijnen nieuwe artikelen in de pers en filmpjes op YouTube, onder andere over exoskeletten als oplossing voor lichamelijk zwaar werk. Hoe ver staat het nu met de ontwikkeling van deze exoskeletten? Gaan ze de werknemer straks echt helpen bij het verrichten van lichamelijk zwaar werk?www.humanfactors.nl
article 2016
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van de Ven, H.A. (author), Brouwer, S. (author), Koolhaas, W. (author), Goudswaard, A. (author), de Looze, M.P. (author), Kecklund, G. (author), Almansa, J. (author), Bültmann, U. (author), van der Klink, J.J.L. (author)
In this cross-sectional study associations were examined between eight shift schedule characteristics with shift-specific sleep complaints and need for recovery and generic health and performance measures. It was hypothesized that shift schedule characteristics meeting ergonomic recommendations are associated with better sleep, need for recovery...
article 2016
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van de Ven, H.A. (author), van der Klink, J.J.L. (author), Vetter, C. (author), Roenneberg, T. (author), Gordijn, M. (author), Koolhaas, W. (author), de Looze, M.P. (author), Brouwer, S. (author), Bültmann, U. (author)
This study examined associations of chronotype and age with shift-specific assessments of main sleep duration, sleep quality and need for recovery in a cross-sectional study among N = 261 industrial shift workers (96.6% male). Logistic regression analyses were used, adjusted for gender, lifestyle, health, nap behaviour, season of assessment and...
article 2016
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de Looze, M.P. (author)
public lecture 2016
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Luger, T. (author), Bosch, T. (author), Hoozemans, M.J.M. (author), Veeger, D.H.E.J. (author), de Looze, M.P. (author)
Shoulder disorders comprise a large part of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Risk factors, such as repetitiveness and monotony, may cause muscle fatigue and be attenuated by task rotation. We investigated rotation between a dynamic box-lifting task and a relatively static pick-and-place task and aimed to determine whether (1) a high...
article 2016
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de Looze, M.P. (author), Bosch, T. (author), Krause, F. (author), Stadler, K.S. (author), O'Sullivan, L.W. (author)
The aim of this review was to provide an overview of assistive exoskeletons that have specifically been developed for industrial purposes and to assess the potential effect of these exoskeletons on reduction of physical loading on the body. The search resulted in 40 papers describing 26 different industrial exoskeletons, of which 19 were active ...
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