Development and evaluation of a worker-wear assistance suit with the adjustable and concealable elastic structure for the manual handling workers

Yun Ting Liao, Kenji Kodama, Toshifumi Ishioka, HeeHyol Lee, Eiichiro Tanaka

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Abstract

Due to worker injuries in industries such as nursing and construction, we have developed a tunable and concealable worker-wear assistance suit that consists of elastic belts to prevent arm muscle fatigue and injury in workers whose arms repeatedly perform motions upon their shoulders. According to the layout and the material of the belts, the suits may assist the user's arm without any electrical resources. To verify the feasibility and functionality of the layout and the structure of our proposed suits, simulations and experiments were employed. The simulation was conducted based on the average body dimensions of young Japanese people, and its results showed that the proposed suits may effectively assist the user's arm muscles. By measuring the muscles activities of six subjects wearing these suits and lifting a load of 10 kg, practically and concretely verifying the functionality of the suits, the results showed a 45% improvement ratio for their arm muscles. The proposed assistance suit can not only directly support and assist the elbow and shoulder j oint but also indirectly prevent lower back injury.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIM 2018 - IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1252-1256
Number of pages5
Volume2018-July
ISBN (Print)9781538618547
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug 30
Event2018 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2018 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2018 Jul 92018 Jul 12

Other

Other2018 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2018
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period18/7/918/7/12

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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Liao, Y. T., Kodama, K., Ishioka, T., Lee, H., & Tanaka, E. (2018). Development and evaluation of a worker-wear assistance suit with the adjustable and concealable elastic structure for the manual handling workers. In AIM 2018 - IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (Vol. 2018-July, pp. 1252-1256). [8452380] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/AIM.2018.8452380