DB Schenker tests nationwide use of exoskeletons
DB Schenker has intensively and successfully tested the use of exoskeletons at several logistics locations. The logistics services provider thus continues its efforts to relieve warehouse staff of physically-demanding tasks.
Exoskeletons, also known as outer skeletons or support robots, are electro-mechanical support structures carried on the body. In addition to ergonomically-designed workstations, they are designed to support warehouse employees during lifting and rotating movements of the body. In particular, this protects the lumbar vertebrae and the back muscles. The strain on these parts of the body is often the cause of illness and inability to work.
The focus of the pilot project was the order picking and sequencing of packages weighing up to 15 kg. Employees equipped with an exoskeleton removed the packages from storage racks and then placed them on pallets. The exoskeleton supported the movement sequences. (mw)