Paexo exoskeleton in use at VW

Increasingly, this industry finds itself confronted with an aging workforce and a lack of skilled workers. Our portfolio of exoskeletons developed by Ottobock Industrials offers completely new and innovative devices in response to this challenge. Under the management of Dr Sönke Rössing, we develop innovative technical solutions that help people protect their health over the long term as they carry out their demanding everyday working routines.

Overhead and above-shoulder work

One focus is using what are known as exoskeletons for overhead and above-shoulder work. The orthotic assistance systems, which are worn on the body, support employees during demanding activities in production or the trade industry such as overhead assembly. Using exoskeletons reduces physical strain and protects the musculoskeletal system. The innovative solution called Paexo is currently being tested with 30 employees in series production at VW and, according to VW, is the largest long-term pilot test of exoskeletons in Europe. Watch the video of the exoskeletons at work for VW, and see for yourself.

“In future, we want to make workplaces in the industrial, logistics and trade sectors more ergonomic and thereby improve the often challenging working conditions found there. We believe that this is an up-and-coming sector that offers a great deal of potential for groundbreaking innovations,” says Rössing, who previously played a key role in shaping Ottobock’s corporate strategy and business growth as Chief Strategy & Human Resources Officer. “Together with our shareholders, we therefore decided to systematically transfer Ottobock’s nearly 100 years of expertise in biomechanics and orthopaedics to a new business area,” Rössing explains.