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Plant workers get robo-exoskeletons

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Lumbar-type robotic suits that reduce workers’ burden are seen in Nara on Tuesday.

Jiji Press NARA (Jiji Press) — Japan’s Daiwa House Industry Co. said Tuesday that it has introduced lumbar-type robotic suits to all of its nine domestic plants in order to reduce burdens on workers.

A total of 30 units were distributed to the factories, which make steel beams and other materials for housing. The product helps the wearer lift heavy items.

It was developed by robotics company Cyberdyne Inc., in which the major home builder has an equity stake.

Daiwa House, based in Osaka, will consider deploying the robotic suit also at construction sites in the future.

“I’ve been struggling with back pain,” said a 37-year-old worker at Daiwa House’s plant in Nara who tried out the robotic suit. “It reduces the burden on my back.”Speech

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