Exoskeleton technology shows kids the future of manufacturing

By Meghan Brown, for Engineering.com

Aug 01, 2016

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Manufacturing industries including aerospace and automotive are rife with weighty equipment and heavy tools.

Workers often find themselves needing to lift something too heavy for one person, or holding and operating tools for long periods of time. Stories of workplace injuries that happen when someone lifts an object in the wrong way or pulls a muscle from extended use of tools of machinery are not uncommon. 

For many youths and teens who are interested in these industries, these issues can make working in manufacturing seem less appealing. Savvy engineers, however, know that there is always a solution to a problem.

Engineers at Lockheed Martin have developed the FORTIS exoskeleton to help combat workplace injuries, heavy lifting and poor ergonomics. The exoskeleton was brought to the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival to demonstrate the technology to kids interested in robotics and manufacturing.

Read the full story, including an interview with Gavin Barnes, lead engineer for the FORTIS Exoskeleton program.

 

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