Comau has announced that its MATE shoulder exoskeleton is the first exoskeleton on the market to receive the EAWS (Ergonomic Assessment Work-Sheet) certification.
The Ergo Foundation, issuer of EAWS certifications, attested to MATE's effectiveness in reducing the “risk of biomechanical overload” of the upper limbs.
According to Comau, use of their MATE exoskeleton results in an average decrease in the ergonomic scores of 30% for the shoulder in static position and 25% for dynamic shoulder movements, even when considering the handling of small loads.
This certification proves Comau meets the expectations of companies that need to understand concretely how an industrial exoskeleton like MATE can impact their operations. More specifically, to what degree it can reduce the physical stress of their employees, helping them to carry out their tasks in a more comfortable way and reducing the risk of developing musculoskeletal pathologies over time.
The MATE was developed by Comau in partnership with IUVO, a spin-off of the BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, and ÖSSUR, a leading Icelandic company in the field of non-invasive orthopedic devices, MATE is a passive mechanical exoskeleton that stands out for its capacity to support the shoulders and arms in their natural movement. It allows workers to feel less physical fatigue, thus improving the overall quality of their activities.
Comau, a member of the FCA Group, is a worldwide leader in delivering advanced industrial automation products and systems. Its portfolio includes technology and systems for electric, hybrid and traditional vehicle manufacturing, industrial robots, collaborative and wearable robotics, autonomous logistics, dedicated machining centers and interconnected digital services and products able to transmit, elaborate and analyze machine and process data.