Operator 5.0: Intelligent Work Ergonomics in Automobile Handling

In industrial assembly and logistics processes, repetitive lifting of heavy loads, overhead work or forced postures lead to severe physical stress, which results in high personnel absenteeism rates and low work attractiveness. This paper is oriented towards the Operator 5.0 idea and presents a novel concept for the combined use…

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MEXOT at IHATEC/DigiTest networking conference

The MEXOT project has been exhibited as a project booth at the IHATEC Networking Conference, which was hosted by the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport at the Harnack House in Berlin on 28.09.2022. This event focuses on the funding of research and development projects as well as investment…

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Successful Consortium Meeting in Bremerhaven

The consortium meeting, which took place at BLG in Bremerhaven, was a great success for the project partners BLG, BIBA and ELROTEC as well as the project sponsor TÜV Rheinland. The first work package of the process analysis, which focused on the technical and warehouse areas as well as the…

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Workshop Gamification

To support employee motivation to increase ergonomics in automobile handling, gamification elements are used to generate additional motivators for wearing an exoskeleton. Currently, a concept is being developed that will inform employees about their ergonomics and development progress in the form of an app. The analysis includes, for instance, the…

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First tests of exoskeletons at BLG

On June 9, five different employees from the assembly and warehouse departments wore a passive exoskeleton during their shift and tested its mobility. During the activities, videos were recorded to record and evaluate the ergonomics of the employees using the leading characteristic method. To gather further movement data of the…

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Successful online kickoff

Researchers around the world are already working on how to master increasingly complex production and logistics systems of the future, especially in the port environment. In spite of progressive automation, humans are indispensable and exposed to great physical strain, especially due to manual material provisioning in automobile handling. Under the…

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Project´s aim and approach

MEXOT pursues the overriding goal of ergonomic workplace design through the combined use of passive, sensory exoskeletons and the development of a process- and employee-specific material supply system using driverless transport vehicles (AGVs). On the one hand, the goal is to reduce employee workloads and make process flows more efficient…

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Project´s motivation

The port environment is characterized by the handling of heavy and large loads and a high turnover. Despite this, humans are indispensable in the advancing automation. In the specific application of automobile handling, vehicles are prepared for the respective target market in technical centers. For this purpose, tires and trailer…

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Project in a nutshell

The research project MEXOT aims to develop a socio-technical overall system for the manually dominated automobile sector by using sensory exoskeletons and automated guided vehicles (AGV) to improve the work´s productivity and economic circumstances. Reducing manual paths and feed times through a context-situation AGV behavior while using the exoskeleton´s support…

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