Analysis of Exoskeleton Technology Implementation in Future Factories

Exoskeletons are Set to Play a Critical Role in Future Smart Factories

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Most factory environments are characterized by increased worker absenteeism arising from post-related injuries resulting in Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD). This in turn impacts the factory floor, in terms of increased costs arising from unsuitable factory environment, poor productivity and low-quality finished goods. The exoskeleton technology has evolved over the years from an external cover to potential industrial applications given that it has the ability to empower individuals, improve ergonomics and provide safety to factory workers. This research will provide insight into the major industries where exoskeleton could be integrated within assembly line processes and further establishes the potential costs, benefits, net present value and ROIs associated with implementing the technology.

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
Executive Summary—Key Findings
2. Research Scope, Aims & Objectives of the Study
Research Scope
Research Aims and Objectives
Research Background
Mega Trend Universe
Research Methodology
3. Introduction & Scope
Exoskeletons—Definition and Scope
The Evolution of Exoskeletons—Beyond External Covering
Exoskeletons—Major Classification
Dissecting Industrial Exoskeletons—Active Vs. Passive
Industrial Exoskeletons Solutions
Functioning of Exoskeletons—The Case of Cyberdyne
Traditional Solutions Vs. Exoskeleton
4. Exoskeleton Applications in Major Industries
Expanding Industry Exoskeleton Applications
Understanding the Major Potential Industrial Opportunities for Exoskeletons
Exoskeletons in the Healthcare Industry
Exoskeletons in the Defense Industry
Exoskeletons in the Automotive Industry
5. Exoskeleton Technology Implications to Factory Line—The Case of the Automotive Industry
Major Areas of Applications ithin Automotive
Use Case by OEM 2—BMW
Use Case by OEM 2—Audi
Use Case by OEM 3—Ford
6. Cost-Benefit Analysis of Integrating Exoskeleton Technology—Automotive Factory Use Case
Understanding Costs
Understanding Benefits
CBA and ROIs to Firms
Detailed Cost Break up
Detailed Benefit Break up
7. Identifying Opportunities for Exoskeletons
Why are Industries Looking at Potential Exoskeleton Applications?
Requirements/ Standardization for Exoskeleton Use—A Work in Progress
Developing New Standards for Industrial Exoskeleton
Which Solution to Prioritise? The Case of Automotive
The Last word
8. What is the Future? The Case for Exoskeleton Use in Smart Factories
Evolution of Technology in Industrial Setups
Exoskeleton in Future Factory—Airbus
Human Robotic Collaboration
9. Profiles of Exoskeleton Disrupters
Exso Bionics
Active Bionics
Robo Mate Consortium
Rex Bionics
Bioservo Technologies
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List of Figures & Charts

1. Analysis of Exoskeleton Technology Implementation in Future Factories: Key Takeaways, Global, 2016–2025
2. Future of Exoskeletons: Evolution of Exoskeleton , Global, 2016
3. Net Present Value, Global, 2016

1. Exoskeletons Classification, Global, 2016
2. Major Industrial Types of Exoskeletons, Global, 2016
3. Common Use Cases of Exoskeletons, Global, 2016
4. Hybrid Control Systems – HAL exoskeleton by Cyberdyne
5. Traditional Solutions Vs. Exoskeletons Global, 2016
6. Mapping Industries by Level of Interest and Adoption Rate, Global, 2016
7. Exoskeleton Technology—Overview of Healthcare Applications, Global, 2016
8. Exoskeleton Technology—Overview of Defense Applications, Global, 2016
9. Exoskeleton Technology—Overview of Automotive Applications, Global, 2016
10. Exoskeleton Technology Application for the Automotive Industry, Global, 2016
11. Interest Levels, Technology Partners and Factory Impact—BMW, Global, 2016
12. Interest Levels, Technology Partners and Factory Impact—Audi, Global, 2016
13. Interest Levels, Adoption by Application and Factory Impact—Ford, Global, 2016
14. Breaking Down Costs, Global, 2015–2020
15. Breaking Down Benefits, Global, 2015–2020
16. Cost-Benefit Breakup, 2015–2020
17. Investment Vs. Benefit, Global, 2015–2020
18. Net Value Created, Global, 2015–2020
19. Reasons for Exoskeleton Integration in Factory Setting, Global, 2016
20. Current Standards, Global, 2016
21. Need for Developing Standards for Industrial Exoskeleton Use, Global, 2016
22. Human-Machine Interface—Future of Factories, Global, 2016

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