Ergonomics at work

Demographic change, rising life expectancy and a declining birth rate are increasingly leading to a shortage of skilled workers and longer working lives. Our Paexo exoskeleton series aims to offer technical solutions that help people protect their health as they perform physically demanding tasks on a daily basis.

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Paexo Back

The innovative assistance system for load handling in logistics.

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Paexo Shoulder

The Paexo Shoulder exoskeleton assists employees in production and the trade sector during strenuous activities, particularly overhead work.

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Paexo Neck Exoskeleton

Paexo Neck

The new neck support Paexo Neck relieves the cervical spine during overhead work.

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Paexo Thumb

The small and extremely lightweight exoskeleton provides relief during assembly tasks by redirecting forces to the entire hand.

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Paexo Wrist

The Paexo Wrist supports movements in the wrist while lifting and holding heavy objects.

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Paexo Soft Back

The Paexo Soft Back supports the user’s lower spine when carrying out activities in the standing position and handling light loads.

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Ottobock – a family business for 100 years

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Paexo exoskeletons are made by Ottobock, a long-established company with 100 years of expertise in the development and production of biomechanical and orthopaedic products. Since 2012, Ottobock has been researching innovative solutions to make jobs in industry, logistics and the trade sector more ergonomic. Our goal is to provide relief for people who perform physically demanding tasks, such as overhead work, thereby creating healthier working conditions. Ottobock Industrials offers a broad range of passive exoskeletons and solutions for assembly, maintenance, painting and construction. All of our products are developed at our headquarters in Duderstadt, Germany.

Paexo exoskeletons ease vehicle assembly for VW workers

Over-head and over-shoulder work during vehicle assembly are physically very stressful. VW wants to relieve its employees with the exoskeleton Paexo…

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Exoskeletons help VW workers on the assembly line

People who work on the assembly line know painful shoulders and arms very well. Volkswagen believes they have found a solution with the help of a German company.



What is an exoskeleton?2020-06-08T15:17:41+02:00

An exoskeleton is a supporting structure worn on the body that relieves strain on the musculoskeletal system during specific activities. A distinction is made between passive and active exoskeletons. A passive exoskeleton does not need an energy supply; its function is purely mechanical. An active exoskeleton is equipped with sensors and motors, which means that it provides more support but depends on an external energy supply.

What does Paexo exoskeletons cost?2020-05-11T13:19:27+02:00

The prices for the Paexo exoskeletons vary.
We will gladly make you an offer that meets your requirements. Please contact us via contact form or send us an email: industrials@ottobock.com.

Do Paexo exoskeletons restrict my freedom of movement or limit my activities during breaks?2020-05-11T13:19:57+02:00

The Paexo products permit full freedom of movement thanks to the biomechanical design. Thus you can sit down with the Paexo Shoulder or pick up fallen objects. Even low-lying drawers can be reached without restriction.

Do Paexo Products weaken the muscles?2020-05-11T13:20:46+02:00

No, you still have to perform all movements yourself. The Paexo Shoulder exoskeleton for example merely reduces load peaks by redistributing loads. The smallest exoskeleton in the world, the Paexo Thumb, functions according to a similar mechanism. The load is diverted from the thumb joint to the wrist.

Why is using Paexo products important?2020-05-11T13:21:26+02:00

About one quarter (23.2%) of days missed because of inability to work in Germany are due to musculoskeletal disorders (data from 2013). This figure increases with age: among people older than 55, it already accounts for more than 35%. Thus the economic cost of musculoskeletal disorders is considerable (loss of gross value added: approx. EUR 20 billion, 2013 data), (see DGUV).

There is a proven, direct relationship between overhead work and musculoskeletal disorders. Physical relief provided by exoskeletons can contribute to reducing work-related health hazards, time away from work and accidents. An exoskeleton can therefore make a major contribution to preventive healthcare for employees.

How are Paexo exoskeletons cleaned?2020-05-11T13:23:28+02:00

We pay great attention to the sustainability of our products. An essential part of this is that all textiles can be cleaned. Most parts that can be affected by contamination are removable, washable and reusable. The technical parts can be wiped with a damp cloth. For all products there is the possibility to order hygiene sets for the exchange of textiles.

Where are Paexo exoskeletons produced?2020-05-11T13:24:39+02:00

All our products are “Made in Germany” and developed in Duderstadt. The Paexo Shoulder is manufactured in Germany

For which areas are Paexo products available?2020-05-11T13:27:30+02:00

There are currently six Paexo exoskeletons. The Paexo Shoulder, Paexo BackPaexo Thumb, Paexo Neck, Paexo Soft Back and Paexo Wrist.

Paexo Shoulder for overhead work

Paexo Back for the back when handling loads.

Paexo Thumb for the thumb joint

Paexo Neck for the neck

Paexo Soft Back to provide lower back support

Paexo Wrist for the wrist