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Effects of industrial back-support exoskeletons on body loading and user experience: an updated systematic review

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dc.contributor.author Kermavnar, Tjaša
dc.contributor.author de Vries, Aijse W.
dc.contributor.author de Looze, Michiel P.
dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, Leonard
dc.date.accessioned 2021-01-11T14:21:04Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9593
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description The full text of this article will not be available in ULIR until the embargo expires on the 28/12/2021
dc.description.abstract This study is an updated systematic review of papers published in the last five years on industrial back-support exoskeletons. The research questions were aimed at addressing the recent findings regarding objective (e.g. body loading, user performance) and subjective evaluations (e.g. user satisfaction), potential side effects, and methodological aspects of usability testing. Thirteen studies of active and twenty of passive exoskeletons were identified. The exoskeletons were tested during lifting and bending tasks, predominantly in laboratory settings and among healthy young men. In general, decreases in participants' back-muscle activity, peak L5/S1 moments and spinal compression forces were reported. User endurance during lifting and static bending improved, but performance declined during tasks that required increased agility. The overall user satisfaction was moderate. Some side effects were observed, including increased abdominal/lower-limb muscle activity and changes in joint angles. A need was identified for further field studies, involving industrial workers, and reflecting actual work situations. Practitioner Summary: Due to increased research activity in the field, a systematic review was performed of recent studies on industrial back-support exoskeletons, addressing objective and subjective evaluations, side effects, and methodological aspects of usability testing. The results indicate efficiency of exoskeletons in back-load reduction, and a need for further studies in real work situations. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Ergonomics; 64 (6), pp. 685-711
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2020.1870162
dc.rights This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Ergonomics 2020 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: https://doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2020.1870162 en_US
dc.subject industrial ergonomics en_US
dc.subject equipment design en_US
dc.subject user testing en_US
dc.subject manual handling en_US
dc.subject musculoskeletal disorders en_US
dc.title Effects of industrial back-support exoskeletons on body loading and user experience: an updated systematic review en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/00140139.2020.1870162
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor European Union (EU) en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor ERDF
dc.relation.projectid 16/RC/3918 en_US
dc.relation.projectid 20/COV/0031 en_US
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2021-12-28
dc.embargo.terms 2021-12-28 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess en_US


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