5 Advantages Of Using Robotic Exoskeletons

Exoskeletons provide protection, increased functionality and reduced injury for humans in the workplace – a burgeoning industry that will likely hit $1.8 billion by 2025, a rise from $68 million in 2014. Last year, 6,000 suits were sold around the world, but estimates reveal there will be 2.6 million on the market by 2025.

There seems to be no stopping exoskeletons from mainstream use throughout a variety of industries, from construction to manufacturing. With so many benefits of these robotic suits (think: reduced injury and fatigue) and so few drawbacks), the technology behind such advancements will only grow. Human augmentation is about enhancing strength and endurance, and that’s just what exoskeletons do. 

 We thought we would go over some of the major advantages of robotic exoskeleton.


1. Predictable productivity

Workers using exoskeletons experience less fatigue, with the ability to complete more work than their bodies could typically handle due to the decreased strain on various body parts. Studies show that exoskeletons increase productivity from two to 27 times, depending on the task at hand, allowing operators to work 30 minutes or longer without requiring rest breaks.

2. Improved workplace comfort through postural support

Providing postural support that can follow the movements of the arms without misalignment or resistance can generate a 30 percent reduction in stress on the shoulder muscles. Perceived discomfort measures how hard a person feels he or she is working, used to measure the physical activity intensity level. Exoskeletons have been shown to reduce perceived discomfort in all body areas, including forearms, neck, shoulders, upper arm, upper back, legs and lower back.

3. Reduced muscle fatigue

Exoskeletons reduce fatigue and shoulder and back muscle strain, as well as reduce work-related injuries to the neck, shoulder, and back. Designed to alleviate the burden of repetitive work, for example, EVO is an endurance-boosting assistive upper body exoskeleton which helps construction and other workers better manage overhead work with less fatigue. Here at Ekso Bionics, our #1 stated enemy is fatigue.

4. Improved quality of work

Exoskeletons offers many benefits in a variety of sectors, including construction, agriculture, and automotive. Their primary function is to boost human performance, effectively reduce musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), improve stamina, and improve quality of work all while enhancing productivity and keeping the workplace healthier overall, says EHS Today

5. Fewer injuries 

One of the main goals of robotic exoskeletons is to combat fatigue in the workplace. In 2019, the most common cause for workplace injuries was extreme fatigue and overexertion, with 20 percent of construction workers reporting severe pain. In fact, construction workers are 5x more likely to report poor health.

Workers who wear these and other suits are at a reduced risk of severe injuries from accidents or overwork, a welcome technology in an industry where worker overexertion costs U.S. employers $15 billion each year in compensation. Construction workers in particular have the most overexertion injuries, with the highest rates of musculoskeletal disorders per capita, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The types of injuries they sustain reduce the number of years they can do their jobs and many of them even lead to permanent injury.

Contact Ekso Bionics

To learn more about the exoskeletons manufactured by Ekso Bionics to benefit a variety of industries, contact us at 510-984-1761 or ask for a free demo online. 

Why Do We Need Human Exoskeletons?

Grasshoppers and lobsters have them to protect their vulnerable fleshy insides. Why can’t humans have them too? We’re talking about exoskeletons, and while humans weren’t born with hard shells for protection, technology is trying to play catch-up. Human exoskeletons, an invention that first showed up in the 1960s, is coming into its own, designed for medical, military, manufacturing and industrial applications.

These wearable machines augment human strength and endurance, thereby reducing the risk of worker injury through the transference of weight and load forces from the body to a motorized, external frame. In short, a human exoskeleton makes lighter, easier work of heavy-duty tasks. Perhaps the idea of enhancing humans with metallic frames brings to mind fictional superheroes and villains. In reality, these revolutionary devices are meant to improve the lives of everyday people.

Exoskeletons have existed in nature for centuries, arming anything from cockroaches to crabs with the support and protection they need against predators. Robotic exoskeletons offer that same protection, strength and support for people too.

Here are some reasons why humans need exoskeletons:

To Gain Strength and Endurance

Perhaps you need to assemble an extraordinarily complex product such as an aircraft. Exoskeleton suits allow workers to lift a panel, for example, then rotate it and position it in the precise area. Endurance is also extended, allowing workers to be productive for longer periods of time without debilitating fatigue.

To Be More Flexible

Take victim rescue in the case of an earthquake. You need something extremely flexible to be able to intervene rapidly, remove rubble, and rescue the victim without harming them.

To Regain Mobility

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, 288,000 people live with a spinal cord injury in this country. The medical costs associated with such injuries can total millions over the person’s lifetime, to be sure, but the pain and limited mobility involved in such an injury can spur feelings of hopelessness and depression. Assistive exoskeletons can give people a new hope and a new way to get around.

To Reduce Strain

Assistive robotic machines such as exoskeletons can assist the lower half of a person’s body, to reduce the fatigue and strain of repetitive bending and lifting, as well as to protect lower backs and knees from injury. Those exosuits designed for the upper body will protect the shoulders, back and neck.

Our wearable EksoVests, for example, can prevent the fatigue and stress for workers in car manufacturing factories that comes from lifting their arms overhead an average of 4,600 times a day. This technology is designed to reduce fatigue and the possibility of injury by supporting and elevating the worker’s arms while they assemble parts at chest height or higher.

To Boost Military Capabilities

The idea behind military-grade exoskeletons is to increase the strength, protection, endurance, and tactical awareness of battlefield soldiers. Such wearable robotic systems can give soldiers the ability to run faster, leap over large obstacles and carry heavier weapons, equipped with sensors and GPS receivers.

To Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders in workers cost companies billions of dollars every year, not only in healthcare costs but in time off work and lost productivity. Factory workers who use human exoskeletons experience less back and shoulder pain, and are able to be more physically active both at work and at home.

There are many reasons why humans need exoskeletons in today’s world, from workplace and medical benefits to military and manufacturing benefits.

Contact Ekso Bionics

To learn more about the functions of human exoskeletons from Ekso Bionics and how they can help you, we welcome you to contact us at 510-984-1761 or get a free demo online.