Being Tested: Audi Production Tests Exoskeletons For Overhead Tasks

source: Audi AG

  • Comparative study of two exoskeletons in different production areas
  • Audi Board of Management Member for Production Peter Kössler: “We want to use new technologies to improve our employees’ health and make production more innovative.”
  • Support structure is designed to clearly relieve the burden on muscles and joints in the shoulder area

Audi wants to further improve its employees’ ergonomics in its production facilities. For this reason, the company is currently conducting a comparative study of two exoskeletons. These external support structures are designed to help employees when they are performing overhead tasks by protecting their joints and tiring their muscles less quickly. All in all, around 60 employees are currently using these tools over a period of several weeks at selected workstations in assembly, the paint shop and tool construction at the Ingolstadt site.

Many process steps in production involve overhead jobs that are unavoidable. When technical and organizational measures for optimum ergonomics have been exhausted, exoskeletons frequently offer valuable support. Two of these aids – the Paexo from Ottobock and the Skelex 360 from Skelex – are currently being tested by Audi in the paint shop, assembly and toolmaking shop at the Ingolstadt site. “Our employees are our most important asset. By constantly reducing the burden at the workstations, we can enhance their health and wellbeing. New technologies such as exoskeletons, with which we are making production more and more progressive, also contribute to this,” says Peter Kössler, AUDI AG Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics.