A wearable device for reducing spinal loads during lifting tasks: Biomechanics and design concepts

@article{Toxiri2015AWD,
  title={A wearable device for reducing spinal loads during lifting tasks: Biomechanics and design concepts},
  author={Stefano Toxiri and Jes{\'u}s Ortiz and Jawad Masood and Jorge Fernandez and Luis A. Mateos and Darwin G. Caldwell},
  journal={2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO)},
  year={2015},
  pages={2295-2300}
}
Manual material handling is one of the most frequent operations in industrial manufacturing processes. To avoid undesirable spinal loads, workers are often required to use external aid devices. This paper presents the analysis and design concept of a wearable assistive device for reducing the spinal loads during lifting tasks. A simplified model is used to compare the effects of two possible configurations for the device: the application of a force (a) parallel and (b) perpendicular to the… CONTINUE READING
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