Technical Support Systems

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When applying design measures at the technical and personal level, a variety of technical support systems such as lifting aids, collaborative robots or exoskeletons are commonly used. These are often integrated into existing workplaces and workflows. This raises the question whether or not the support system for the work system is effective, and how it should be designed.

We aim to analyse and evaluate the elimination of the previously identified problem by the support system, as well as the impact of its introduction on the work system and the possibility of a new burden on the workers through the support system.

From this knowledge we will derive design recommendations for the successful use of support systems. The main focus is on task and workplace design to reduce the stress on the individual.

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The use of passive and active exoskeletons, in recent years has made it possible to reduce the strain on the working person caused by ergonomically stressful postures – static hand-arm postures as well as overhead work – and manual load handling. We analyse and evaluate the use of exoskeletons.

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The high stresses and strains of the craft often lead to complaints and sometimes even to incapacity to work. The aim of the project is to improve work in the tiling trade through targeted automation.

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