A Human Systems Integration Approach to Industrial Exoskeleton Evaluations for the USAF
Technical Report,01 Mar 2016,30 Sep 2019
711th Human Performance Wing Wright-Patterson AFB United States
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Exoskeleton technology is rapidly evolving within the military, medical, and industrial fields. USAF maintenance operations have identified potential applications for exoskeleton technology. However, they need support in identifying, comparing, and evaluating options. Additionally, there is concern that manufacturer performance claims are not always accurate and that certain systems may pose injury risks. To address these concerns, the Human Systems Integration Laboratory in the 711th Human Performance Wing performed exoskeleton market research and evaluations to enable operational units to make informed purchases. The laboratory supported units with small scale field evaluations and created a plan for in-house laboratory evaluations. The laboratory evaluation plan was not executed due to changes in funding and organizational structure. However, the plan is documented in this technical report and may be a useful resource for future exoskeleton evaluations.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems