Providing Support - Anytime, Anywhere
The LiftSuit is a lightweight (< 0.9kg), textile exoskeleton that supports back and hip muscles when lifting objects from below hip level, or when working in a forward-leaning position.
It is designed to reduce workload, muscle fatigue and exhaustion.
The LiftSuit is a uniquely versatile support system that provides support for its users' back- and hip muscles anytime and anywhere they need it. As a wearable exoskeleton that is worn like clothes, it can be used in many situations where traditional means, such as cranes or conveyor belts cannot be deployed, e.g. inside airplane holds or buildings.
What kind of work is supported?
While lifting from below hip-level, the integrated elastic elements store energy when users bend forward, and releases the energy when she/he starts lifting the object. Therefore, the user gets additional energy that can relieve the back and hip muscles. Additionally, the elastic elements foster a proper lifting posture. The LiftSuit does not only support normal lifting, it also supports lifting and handling objects while working on the knees.
Working for hours in a forward-leaning posture even without any additional weight can strain your back muscles as they carry your upper body weight. Thus, the LiftSuit also supports such posture whereas the elastic elements store the required energy allowing users to rely on the LiftSuit to support them, both when standing or kneeling.
How it Works
The LiftSuit acts like a set of additional, external muscles to unload the back and hip muscles while lifting as well as working in a forward leaning position. Integrated, specially developed textile springs store energy which is then used to support the user. The solution offers an easy-to-use, small and lightweight support system that users can wear without being constrained. Users can activate, deactivate and adjust the support manually on demand.
Average muscle activity
Average muscle activity reduction of eight subjects‘ back muscles when lifting 6 kg from the ground and putting it back down. The red line is the average muscle activity without the LiftSuit, the blue line with LiftSuit support.
The considerable reduction in muscle activity shows the support provided by the LiftSuit.
Level of support provided
We quantified the level of load reduction through a series of experiments in our biomechanical laboratory. The results show that using the LiftSuit significantly reduces the load on the back and hip muscles when lifting objects or remaining in a forward-leaning posture.
Muscle load reduction
The LiftSuit is being used today in many applications where lifting or working in a forward-leaning position is conducted regularly. Several examples are shown in the picture below.
How to use the LiftSuit
With a little training and "getting used to" the LiftSuit is a piece of equipment that you can use very intuitively during work. The following video will give you a quick overview on how to put it on, activate and deactivate the support and about general use and handling of the LiftSuit.
How to get a LiftSuit
Customers from outside Europe please contact our sales team to check availability in your region
through our growing network of distribution partners.