MATE-XT

The MATE-XT, or MATE to the eXTreme, is the successor of the MATE passive shoulder support occupational exoskeleton by COMAU.

Description

Introduced in Dec of 2020, the MATE-XT is the next generation of wearable exoskeletons by COMAU. It is ruggedized for indoor and outdoor use. This exo for work and industry is made to handle water, dust, UV-light, and larger temperature ranges than its predecessor. In addition, the MATE-XT has been redesigned with a slimmer and lighter carbon-fiber structure that is also more breathable.

“Take lightweight and highly breathable ergonomic support to the eXTreme.” Similar to other shoulder support exoskeletons, the MATE-XT is intended for: “Any task that requires a prolonged used of the upper limbs, specifically at a flexion/extension angle of about 90 degrees (i.e. so-called ‘overhead’ work.”

Technical specifications (circa Dec 2020):

  • passive spring-based mechanism
  • addition of breathable fabrics
  • 8 assistance levels
  • redesigned lock/unlock mechanism for easier donning and doffing
  • lighter weight carbon fiber structure
  • intended height of users: 1.6 m (5.2 feet) to 1.9 m 6.2 feet)

The MATE-XT is designed with a partnership of IUVO and Össur and validated in a collaboration with Ospedale Valudce and Fondazioneergo. Fondazionergo has published an EAWS workplace evaluation guide based on this device: Fondazione Ergo Publishes Ergonomic Assessment Worksheet Using the MATE Exoskeleton (Aug, 2020). The EAWS is not meant to replace intensive exoskeleton testing but instead, it provides a solid starting point for objective evaluation based on measurements and observations. Furthermore, the MATE-XT is certified under EU Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC with “taking into account” ISO 13482/2014 technical standard on personal care robots. As of Q1 2021, the long term benefits of the MATE-XT (and indeed all exoskeletons) remain under investigation.

Visit the official product website which includes a wealth of additional information.


COMAU, Via Rivalta, 30, 10095 Grugliasco (TO) – Italy, website

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