The AWN-03 is a powered hip exoskeleton for work and industry made by ActiveLink. ActiveLink is part of Panasonic and has been developing exoskeletons for the workplace for more than a decade.
The AWN-03B is smaller and more specialized than prior prototypes. Its primary goal is to reduce the burden on the body when lifting and lowering heavy objects. ActiveLink is building a case for the use and benefit of its exoskeleton at multiple sites in the fields of logistics, manufacturing, construction and civil engineering.
The AWN-03B features the following improvements:
- Increased resistance to dust and water (IP55 compliant)
- Realization of movement more accurately matching that of the user
- Changes to the shape to be more user-friendly in tight places
- Improved fit (changes to belt and pad shape)
Specifications of AWN-03 (from 2015):
Assumed work: loading and unloading heavy loads
Assisting force: maximum 15 kgf (2 motors)
Operating time: about 8 hours (1 exclusive lithium ion battery)
Assist mode: 3 types (lifting, holding middle posture, assist off (walking))
Device outer dimensions: height 80 cm x width 48 cm x depth 27 cm
Device weight: Approximately 6 kg (excluding battery and harness section)
Motor: AWN-03 dedicated high torque AC motors (2 units equipped)
Battery: 48.1 V Li-ion battery (with protection circuit)
Video (in Japanese):
ActiveLink Corporation, (part of Panasonic) Headquarters: Nara City, Nara Prefecture, President: Hiromichi Fujimoto, website
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