German Bionic has announced the fifth generation of their award-winning Cray X power suit. The new model incorporates enhancements including active walking assistance, IP54 waterproofing as well as a more powerful 40 volt battery and completely revamped energy management system. In addition, the unique onboarding assistant makes getting started straightforward, and the Smart Safety Companion - German Bionic's AI-based early warning system for ergonomics - maximizes workplace safety and helps businesses achieve their ESG and sustainability goals more easily. Providing up to 66 lb (30 kg) of support per lifting movement, the exoskeleton protects the lower backs of workers involved in heavy lifting at companies such as BMW and Ikea as well as at France-based international parcel delivery service specialist DPD, which employs 48,000 people and handles close to 2 billion parcels annually.
The fifth generation Cray X is the first exoskeleton of its kind to support two regions of the body. It works by gently pushing the legs forward when loads need to be moved from a to b. It thereby helps reduce premature exhaustion and preserves the energy levels of workers conducting tasks involving both lifting and walking. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Wearable Technology Forecasts 2021-2031.
The exoskeleton can handle extremely wet and dusty working environments. Fully tested in accordance with the IP54 standard to be completely dust and waterproof, it is fit for a whole range of additional use cases such as construction sites, outdoor warehouses, or automotive workshops.
A 40 volt battery eliminates unnecessary downtimes resulting from battery changes thanks to its clever hot-swapping capability. The uninterruptible power supply means wearers benefit from effectively unlimited usage times.
The integrated AI-based early warning system for ergonomics alerts against signs of poor posture and incorrect lifting practices. It actively assists in preventing fatigue and resulting errors as well as injuries. Extensive reporting functions are also available to managers on the intuitive dashboard, providing a practical method for monitoring and documenting the achievement of increasingly important ESG and sustainability goals.
Cray X connects to industrial IoT platforms and all smart factory ecosystems, facilitating integration in the business processes. This means manual handling can be effectively incorporated in the digital workflow allowing for automated benchmarking against a company's KPIs.
"AI is the basis for the ongoing development of exoskeleton technology and the future of human augmentation," said Norma Steller, Head of IoT at German Bionic. "The German Bionic cloud-based platform for exoskeletons is unique in the industry, providing us with the data necessary to advance machine learning, cultivate AI applications and continue driving our R&D efforts to new levels. With the fifth generation Cray X, we have taken further significant steps in this direction."
The onboarding assistant gives helpful hints and instructions on the integrated display to make the process of getting started quick and easy.
"The fifth generation Cray X underscores our technology leadership in the massively growing international exoskeleton market," said Armin G. Schmidt, CEO of German Bionic. "The innovations we are announcing today pave the way for more people and businesses throughout the world to benefit across a wider range of use cases and industries."
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