In order to better support workers in carrying out their daily activities, C.C. Jensen, an international company based in Denmark specializing in the design and manufacturing of oil filtration solutions, has introduced Comau's MATE exoskeleton into its various lines of work.
The Danish company wanted to explain the concrete advantages obtained by using our innovative technology, through the story of one of its workers, the protagonist of an interesting documentary broadcasted on the national television network, DR Nyheder (developed in collaboration with our distributor
C.C. Jensen builds oil filters for large ships and wind turbines. This work requires repetitive lifting activities for its employees. This is the reason why Comau's exoskeleton was adopted by workers like Kim, a C.C. Jensen's metal employee who talked about his experience with MATE.
At the C.C Jansen plant, Kim produces 100 pumps a day, having to keep his arms in a vertical position for a long time. Over time, this type of work - as the he explained during the video - puts his body to the test.
Comau MATE exoskeleton supports these factory workers by reducing their muscular fatigue. It has an ergonomic structure that eases repetitive movements and relieves workers' effort.
As we can hear during the interview, considering that Kim will still have to work several years before he can retire, the opportunity to use a tool that can improve the quality of his life at work is a very important.
In fact, MATE was designed to do just that, improve the quality of work in an efficient and highly ergonomic way, providing the wearer with consistent and advanced support for their movements, both during prolonged overhead and daily activities.
To discover the full story read the script below and watch the
Host: I don't like exercising. On the other hand, I love all kinds of technology. That is why I think it would be really cool if one could put on a suit that helped just one person. What I am playing with here is an exo-skeleton, namely, a skeleton located on the outside of the body. For me it is all fun and games, but in industry, at the factories, this technology can make a difference for all those who have jobs that wreak havoc on the body.
Here at CC Jensen, they construct oil filters for large ships and wind turbines. It is a lot of hard work that requires a great deal of repetitive lifting, which is why some of the employees here tried out the exo-skeleton for a period.
Now, let's meet Kim. Kim is a metal worker, and has been for almost his entire life. He is one of the employees trying out the exo-skeleton at work.
Kim: When I first saw it, I couldn't help but to laugh. I was given a few nicknames and stuff like that, and I wondered whether I should really play along. And at first I thought, I don't think I can use it, but when I stand and make pumps - I make 100 pumps per day - they are running through my hands all day long, and my arms, they are in an upright position. I can certainly feel that over the course of the years, this has worn down my body.
Host: In fact, half of working Danes over the age of 50 suffer pain every week or every day, and one in five of them say that the pain limits them in their work.
Kim: All things considered, I think I am still fit enough to take on the challenge. So let's just have fun with it. We'll be alright.
Host: Kim can retire at the age of 69, but retirement age in Denmark is rising, because we live longer and longer. For example, I can retire when I turn 74, and that means that my generation has an even longer period in which to suffer workplace injuries. Unless...
Arne (salesman): Inside those two boxes located on the side, there is a spring mechanism that pushes your forearms up and forward.
Host: This is a mix of the world's most surreal and most natural movements. My arms rise on their own, but it is still as though I am being squeezed and pressed into doing it. The skeleton relieves my shoulders and my back. Without the skeleton, it is usually those parts of my body that bear the weight, but instead the force is conveyed downward and rests on my lower back, thus my legs are bearing all the weight instead of the more fragile parts of my upper body, which otherwise most often suffer from work injuries. Wearing this skeleton, I will be able to hold things over my head much longer than I could without it. This gives me extra strength, and it gives me stamina. I could hold my own camera, fire my cameraman and become a YouTuber. But back to Kim.
Kim: It's nice when you get home. Your wife might want you to trim the hedge, let's say, so it is also nice to have some power left in your arms. After all, we aren't getting any younger and I still have 20 years to spend in the workforce, and the next 20 years will probably be spent here at the workbenches. That's why it is nice to get such help.
Host: So even if wearing the exo-skeleton won't make you as strong as Iron Man, it can make a difference to anyone who is slowly wearing down his body when he goes to work. So now all that is left for us to say is thank you for watching, and if you would like more content like this, then click on the subscribe button and then perhaps on the little bell next to it, and we will see you again.
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