Exoskeleton Trials Readied for Roofing

exoskeleton trials - roofing trials

ADVANCED MEASURING equipment and a roofing rig are being prepared for upcoming exoskeletons field trials, taking place at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre in Scotland (CSIC).

The trials are allowing SME businesses to experience, test and provide feedback on exoskeleton technology. The exoskeleton equipment is in the form of a powered suit that assists – and in this case – measures, lifting and movements.

The results of the trials will be disseminated to project research partners and exoskeleton developers by the lab as part of the North Sea Region Interreg EXSKALLERATE project.

The trials will measure movements using GOM’s ARAMIS SRX. This equipment uses full-field imaging and 3D digitization techniques to make dynamic biomechanical measurements, such as movement, force, load and strain testing.

Roofing Trials

The timber roofing rig will be used to provide a simulation of lifting and laying roof tiles to replicate and measure real on-site movement.

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

Roofing will be part of one of four construction tasks measured – others simulated include plasterboarding, lifting and fixing floorboards, and scaffolding.

CSIC Innovation Manager Alan 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.”

Catalyst for H&S Change

Researchers comment that common construction movements are often repetitive, demanding and can over decades lead to body deterioration and musculoskeletal injuries. The trials will help to understand the need, demand and barriers for exoskeletons.

CSIC, the UK representative in the EXSKALLERATE project, aims for the trials to 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 take part in the trials by contacting CSIC’s Innovation Manager Alan Johnston, ajohnston@cs-ic.org.

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