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Can exoskeletons improve poultry processing worker safety?

Exoskeleton technology could help minimize workplace injuries and worker fatigue at poultry processing plants.

“In the meat processing industry, it’s very labor-intensive,” said Michael Pratt, Vice President Sales and Business Development, Ekso Bionics. Exoskeletons could be a “solution for the wear and tear and potential soft tissue injuries” experienced by poultry processing workers, he added.

Increased strength and endurance

Exoskeletons are lightweight wearable robotics designed to increase strength and endurance. Initially, exoskeleton technology was designed for use in hospitals to help patients rehabilitate after a stroke or a spinal cord injury, although exoskeletons have also been developed for soldiers to decrease fatigue and increase productivity on the battlefield.

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