IJAT Vol.3 No.6 pp. 716-722
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2009.p0716


Upper-Limb Power-Assist Control for Agriculture Load Lifting

Eiichi Yagi*, Daisuke Harada**, and Masaaki Kobayashi***

*Faculty of Systems Engineering, Wakayama University, 930 Sakaedani, Wakayama-shi, Wakayama 640-8510, Japan

**Murata Machinery, Ltd., 2 Hasidumenakajima, Inuyama-shi, Aichi 484-8502, Japan

***Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., 2680 Oka, Inami-cho, Kako-gun, Hyogo 675-1113, Japan

May 18, 2009
September 1, 2009
November 5, 2009
power assist system, wearable robot system, exoskeleton, pneumatic actuator, emg, elbow motion, shoulder motion, farming, lift-up motion
This paper discusses upper-limb power-assist control using a pneumatic rotary actuator to support shoulder movement and an air cylinder to support elbow movement by agricultural workers lifting a 30 kg rice bag without inducing low back pain. Surface electromyogram (EMG) signals are used as trigger signals, joint support torque is calculated based on the antigravity term of necessary joint torque, estimated based on the dynamics of a human approximated link model. Experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of proposed power-assist control.
Cite this article as:
E. Yagi, D. Harada, and M. Kobayashi, “Upper-Limb Power-Assist Control for Agriculture Load Lifting,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.3 No.6, pp. 716-722, 2009.
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