Metalloinvest’s Lebedinsky GOK has tested industrial exoskeletons developed by the South-West State University in Kursk. The project is being implemented jointly with specialists from the Metalloinvest Innovation Laboratory. The technical novelty was tested in real production conditions on equipment undergoing repairs at the pelletising unit. On a daily basis, specialists from the repair services load 24 rollers onto blast furnace trolleys, with each roller weighing between 47 and 58 kilograms. Almost 100 trolleys are serviced per month, and the total weight of the manually moved cargo reaches 120 tonnes. The exoskeleton, which takes on 90% of the weight lifted, will make it possible to significantly ease work and reduce the likelihood of physical trauma on the spine and legs.
Two exoskeleton models were engaged in the tests. The soft exoskeleton ExoHeaver LOWEBACKER helps move loads weighing up to 30 kg and can be used for lifting, storage and transport work. The heavier, more complex ExoHeaver Active Electric is designed to handle loads of up to 60 kg. The exoskeleton has its own power supply system and is controlled by an electromechanical module.
The industrial exoskeletons serve to facilitate and simplify heavy physical activity. They increase the strength of human muscles and expand the range of movements with the outer frame and drive parts of the exoskeleton, which results in a manifold increase in the efficiency of work performed.