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JRM Vol.28 No.6 pp. 949-957
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2016.p0949
(2016)

Development Report:

A Study of Power-Assist Technology to Reduce Body Burden During Loading and Unloading Operations by Support of Knee Joint Motion

Yoshihiko Naruoka, Naruaki Hiramitsu, and Yusuke Mitsuya

Power and Industrial Systems R&D Center, Toshiba Corporation
1 Komukaitoshiba-cho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 212-8581, Japan

Received:
January 18, 2016
Accepted:
August 25, 2016
Published:
December 20, 2016
Keywords:
power assist, knee assist, logistics work, wearable, exoskeleton
Abstract

A Study of Power-Assist Technology to Reduce Body Burden During Loading and Unloading Operations by Support of Knee Joint Motion

Power-assist device by supporting knee joint motion

Workers in logistics sorting centers stand up by stretching their bent knees in order to pick up parcels. They use this method to prevent lower back pain. To assist these operations, an exoskeleton can support this motion of bending the knee joint. Therefore, to reduce the burden on the body during loading and unloading operations, we developed and performed the primary evaluation of power-assist technology consisting of a wearable exoskeleton that supports the knee joint motion.

Cite this article as:
Y. Naruoka, N. Hiramitsu, and Y. Mitsuya, “A Study of Power-Assist Technology to Reduce Body Burden During Loading and Unloading Operations by Support of Knee Joint Motion,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.28, No.6, pp. 949-957, 2016.
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