Australian industries such as manufacturing, construction and infrastructure maintenance have been facing significant challenges in retaining skilled workers, increasing workplace productivity, and improving workers’ OH&S caused by physically intensive tasks, hazardous working environments and high injury rates. A typical example is abrasive blasting operation used in many industry sectors for surface preparation/cleaning. A promising solution is assistive robotic system, but developing such a system for assisting abrasive blasting workers requires many challenges to be overcome.
This project focuses on scoping study and addressing the engineering challenges in developing an assistive robotic exoskeleton for abrasive blasting. A scaled-down prototype for proof-of-concept has been developed (figure below).
- Researcher in Business (RiB)
- Burwell Technologies
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