The ESO-EAWS scientific research project was born from the collaboration of the Fondazione Ergo with the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna and the Laboratory for Engineering of Neuromuscular System (LISiN) of the Polytechnic of Turin.
The first aim of the project was to face one of the greatest open challenges in the field of industrial exoskeletons: to understand and quantify how the use of exoskeletal systems can effectively reduce the biomechanical load for workers, assisting them in their postures and movements.
Besides, the focus was on the impact on the biomechanical load calculation model of the EAWS system (Ergonomic Assessment Work-Sheet – a tool for assessing the overall risk of biomechanical overload), generated by the use of the passive exoskeleton.
The main results of ESO-EAWS project are the ESO-EAWS 1.3.6 Form and the “Addendum” to the user manual of the EAWS system, entitled “Exoskeletons impacts on EAWS evaluation”: the ESO-EAWS version allows to calculate the reduction of the ergonomic evaluation score of manual work activities achievable thanks to the use of a passive exoskeleton certified by Fondazione Ergo.
The exoskeletons certified are:
- MATE (Muscular Aiding Tech Exoskeleton) – IUVO/COMAU
- MATE XT (Muscular Aiding Tech Exoskeleton) – IUVO/COMAU
- Paexo Shoulder – OTTOBOCK