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Construction exoskeleton trial poised for launch

The CSIC is preparing for construction trials of two different exoskeletons, which will be measured using GOS’s ARAMIS SRX system (centre)

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) is to test two different exoskeleton types for construction tasks, as part of a new set of field trials.

CSIC is readying advanced measuring equipment, a roofing rig and plasterboarding bay in preparation for the trials at its Innovation Factory in Scotland.

The labs will provide small- to medium-sized businesses the opportunity to experience, test and provide feedback on exoskeleton technology. The results of the trials will be disseminated to project research partners and exoskeleton developers.

CSIC will be using Herowear Apex and the Auxivo Liftsuit exoskeletons for the construction tasks. These are passive upper body, hip and back exoskeletons. Some test results will focus on metrics such as overall performance, load and fatigue reduction, and the ease of use for individuals.

The trials will measure movements using GOM’s ARAMIS SRX 3D camera system, which uses full-field imaging and 3D digitisation techniques to record dynamic biomechanical measurements, such as movement, force, load and strain testing.

Four construction tasks will measured: plasterboarding, lifting and fixing floorboards, scaffolding, and the lifting and laying of roof tiles.

CSIC said it hoped the trials would be a catalyst for change in health, safety and productivity in construction through encouraging adoption of this technology.

UK-based construction and manufacturing companies can get involved in the trials through CSIC’s innovation manager Alan Johnston, [email protected].

Johnston said: “Our field labs are making strong progress – this is an exciting time for the project. Now with this equipment, and initial testing, the trials are taking shape. We are looking forward to welcoming companies into our Innovation Factory soon and giving these small businesses the opportunity to learn more about this technology which could really benefit them.”

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