How Workers Perceive LAEVO Exoskeleton Use in Non-cyclic Tasks

Raquel Flor, Jacqueline Gaspar, Carlos Fujão, Isabel L. Nunes

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Abstract

Exoskeletons are an innovation that have been increasingly explored in various fields. In fact, industries are one sector that have been investing in the studies of this new equipment to answer the unnecessary efforts made by the operators, where technical and organizational measures implemented are not enough to reduce the risk exposure to demanding working conditions. Hence, a study was conducted to understand the operator’s perceptions in the workplace regarding the use of a low back passive exoskeleton (Laevo). Ease of performing the different tasks with the use of the exoskeleton, ease of use, discomfort, perceived effort with and without the use of this equipment, acceptance, usability, and intention to use it, were the parameters assessed in this study. The exoskeleton was tested in 3 workstations, by a total of 23 workers during tasks that required trunk flexion, manual material handling or both in an automotive industry. The goal was to develop a pilot test, study the participants' perceptions and opinions, and conclude whether the exoskeletons are ready for the industrial context in non-cyclic processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors and System Interactions - Proceedings of the AHFE 2021 Virtual Conference on Human Factors and Systems Interaction, 2021
EditorsIsabel L. Nunes
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages147-154
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-79816-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-79815-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventAHFE Conference on Human Factors and Systems Interaction, 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 25 Jul 202129 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
PublisherSpringer
Volume265
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389

Conference

ConferenceAHFE Conference on Human Factors and Systems Interaction, 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period25/07/2129/07/21

Keywords

  • Automotive industry
  • Non-cyclic tasks
  • Passive exoskeleton

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