Application of Mechanical Arm Systems (2012-438)
- BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards
- Sharon Huntley - University of Wisconsin
NSRP ASE Investment: $ 100K
This project sought to aid shipyard workers by implementing new equipment that will lower the cost of shipbuilding by reducing injuries, increasing production rates and increasing overall work quality. Equipois’ zeroG® system is a mechanical arm system that requires no external power source and can bear the weight of nearly any handheld tool or piece of equipment in the shipyard. This will take the strain off the operator, allowing them to work without needing additional breaks or work rotations. Equipois’ zeroG® Mechanical Arm System was tested at two different shipyards on operations such as grinding, abrasive blasting and water-jetting. The project team demonstrated that mechanical arms have value in situations that require workers to operate a tool weighing in excess of ten pounds for sustained durations; or use tools overhead, with arms outstretched, or in any other poor ergonomic positions, for periods of an hour or more. With fairly minimal training, operators can do their job faster and with less fatigue than without the zeroG® system.
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