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Exoskeletons: The Next Step In The Warehouse Evolutionary Chain

Exoskeletons: The Next Step In The Warehouse Evolutionary Chain

26 March 2024

“The machines are taking over”. We’ve heard it all before, but until the T-800 (a.k.a. the original Terminator) goes into production and it’s game over for everyone, we decided to take a look at the innovative devices known as exoskeletons and what they can offer to the 3PL logistics industry.

What Are They

Exoskeletons are wearable robotic systems that are being introduced, among other industries, into 3PL services and, despite their futuristic appearance, are, in their most basic form represent a high-tech lifting equipment.

But that’s no censure, since they provide mechanical assistance, significantly reducing physical strain on workers, while increasing endurance in tasks like lifting and carrying heavy loads, which in turn can have many on-the-job benefits.

Exoskeletons: Productivity Upgraded

In the fast-paced world of logistics, where speed and precision are paramount, the companies that invest in innovative technologies can gain a valuable edge over their competition.

That’s why two goals are relevant to considering the implementation of any new technology in operational logistics processes: improvement of productivity and optimization of ergonomics and employee safety.

Because logistics processes still involve a large amount of physical work, amidst rising requirements and a lack of labor, it’s imperative that they be introduced to benefit the work output by increasing endurance.

Exoskeletons can provide just that by enabling workers to work better with the device absorbing the extra load.

Exoskeletons Have Our Backs!

The other great benefit exoskeletons offer lies in alleviating back discomfort and aiding workers in tasks involving lifting and putting down of heavy objects, as well as moving, particularly in settings where altering layouts and working conditions are challenging. These devices can boost strength, endurance and efficiency, effectively addressing sudden spikes in demand, as observed during events like the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, they play a crucial role in diminishing the occurrence of repetitive strain injuries in the workplace, consequently reducing the danger of workplace injuries and mitigating associated financial burdens.

The takeaway: Innovation

The development of smart exoskeletons is a significant addition to the arsenal of logistics companies, offering a 'best of both worlds' scenario: increased productivity through robotic assistance while maintaining the human element. This upgrade makes employees significantly more productive while keeping them safer.

Exoskeletons integrated into the Internet of Things have the potential to revolutionize an industry currently marked by a predominance of manual labor, an aging workforce, a deficit of skilled personnel and escalating intricacy. Stay tuned for more!