Advanced industrial automation solutions provider Comau has unveiled ‘MATE’, a wearable exoskeleton, at Automatica in Munich.
MATE has been designed to improve work quality in an efficient and highly ergonomic manner by providing consistent and advanced movement assistance during repetitive, as well as daily, tasks.
The MATE Fit for Workers exoskeleton uses an advanced spring-based passive structure and aims to deliver lightweight, breathable and effective postural support without the need for batteries, motors or other failure-prone devices.
It is also compact designed thanks to a partnership between Comau, ÖSSUR, a non-invasive orthopedics company and IUVO, a spin-off company of The BioRobotics Institute (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna).
Explains Tobias Daniel, VP of robotics and automation products for global sales & marketing: “We are particularly proud to have developed this innovative wearable technology. MATE has been designed in close collaboration with factory workers, thus responding directly to their specific needs.
“With our exoskeleton, they will be able to do the same tasks but with less fatigue. For Comau, this is also an extraordinary opportunity to reach a global market that, according to the IFR, grew more than 60% from 2015 to 2017 and is estimated to continue growing at a rate of 25% each year until 2020. We believe that the industrial sector will represent about one third of the exoskeleton’s applications.”