It’s as easy to put on as a backpack and weighs just 1.9 kilos: introducing the exoskeleton. This piece of equipment is designed to support the human skeleton when carrying out physically demanding tasks on the assembly line. The key word here is ergonomics. Volkswagen has introduced 30 of these exoskeletons across the Bratislava plant, including in the assembly areas for the up! and Porsche. “The physical support system was developed, first and foremost, for those whose roles involve a high proportion of overhead work,” explains Eric Reuting, Chief Human Resources Officer at Volkswagen Slovakia.
The initial feedback from employees has been overwhelmingly positive. “I could feel a difference after just a few days,” reported Martin Rigler. “There is less strain on my arms and I can get around the vehicle much more easily.” Stefan Ziga added, “When I’ve been wearing the exoskeleton, my arms feel much lighter and don’t hurt when I’ve finished work.”
The exoskeletons are worn by employees like a kind of backpack. For Miroslav
Agalarev, the best – and most noticeable – feature is the arm support they offer while carrying out overhead work.