IJAT Vol.3 No.6 pp. 709-715
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2009.p0709


Muscle Suit Development and Factory Application

Hiroshi Kobayashi, Takamitsu Aida, and Takuya Hashimoto

Department of Mechanical Engineering Tokyo University of Science, 1-14-6 Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0073, Japan

June 5, 2009
July 9, 2009
November 5, 2009
wearable robot, power assist, McKibben artificial muscle, work-related disorder, muscle suit

Technological progress has liberated most industrial personnel in developed nations from heavy lifting tasks. Such work remains largely unchanged, however, in the fields of agriculture, manufacturing, and construction, among others. Such tasks are an important issue due to their potential for triggering work-related musculoskeletal disorders. The use of the McKibben artificial muscle has opened the way to the introduction of “muscle suits” – compact, lightweight, reliable, wearable “assist-bots” enabling factory personnel to lift and carry weights greater than conventionally possible.

Cite this article as:
H. Kobayashi, T. Aida, and T. Hashimoto, “Muscle Suit Development and Factory Application,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.3, No.6, pp. 709-715, 2009.
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