Can Wearable Robotics Shrink the Worker Shortage?

Advanced Manufacturing | February 05, 2019

With a shortage of young workers willing and able to do today’s factory jobs, manufacturers are taking steps to retain the older workforce already punching in. Among those steps is providing wearable robotics-also called exoskeletons-that help the body with overhead tasks or lifting from a squat, said Tom Spring, professor of engineering at Arizona State University and director of science and technology for the Wearable Robotics Association.
People used to think the military is the big market, but now industrial exoskeletons can make some promising inroads by helping people do their work,” Spring said. These devices typically give you 20-30% of the lifting power you need, and they’re supposed to reduce fatigue.

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Experis Engineering study “Engineering Talent Supply and Demand” surveyed 700 engineers
and 70 employers who are likely to recruit engineering talent via an online survey. The survey
was designed to be representative of individuals working in an engineering discipline and
employers who hire engineers at their organization. The survey was made available during
the time frame of January 19 – January 27, 2016.

Spotlight

Experis Engineering study “Engineering Talent Supply and Demand” surveyed 700 engineers
and 70 employers who are likely to recruit engineering talent via an online survey. The survey
was designed to be representative of individuals working in an engineering discipline and
employers who hire engineers at their organization. The survey was made available during
the time frame of January 19 – January 27, 2016.

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