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Hilti Unveils Wearable Exoskeleton

Human augmentation device to help tackle health, safety, and labor shortage challenges on the jobsite

Wearable human augmentation like exoskeletons help reduce strain and fatigue for both experienced and novice users. Hilti's new human augmentation device, the EXO-O1 wearable exoskeleton, will help tackle not only the health and safety of your workers but the current workforce shortage challenge.

EXO-O1 Wearable Exoskeleton

To create the EXO-O1, Hilti partnered with Ottobock, the global leader in prosthetics, orthotics and exoskeletons that help people increase and retain their physical independence. We are currently testing the wearable exoskeleton on jobsites and will be bringing the exoskeleton to the market later this year. The exoskeleton design is focused on overhead applications. This type of sustained motion can be very physically intensive and fatiguing. “We want to improve the health and safety of our customers, directly impacting jobsite productivity - so they can stay on time and on budget,” said Johannes Huber, Head of Business Unit Diamond Systems at Hilti Group, parent company of Hilti North America. “Customers that embrace innovation and invest in the latest health and safety technology will be better able to attract and retain the best people as well as keep their jobsites productive.”

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The machinery is only part of our solution, Hilti understands that for customers to embrace technology transformation, it requires organizational change management and a focus on people. That's why we will offer implementation, training and support services on site for our customers and their teams. 

Hilti Innovation

"Our innovations have always been fueled by our deep understanding of our customers' challenges and needs"

The EXO-O1 is Hilti's first foray into exoskeletons for the construction industry, with more human augmentation developments to come.

“Our innovations have always been fueled by our deep understanding of our customers' challenges and needs and so it’s only natural that we can drive innovation with solutions for human augmentation and jobsite automation, said Martina McIssac, President and CEO of Hilti North America. “Human augmentation and jobsite automation innovations, alone or combined, will transform productivity gains the likes of which haven’t been seen since cordless tools got a foothold in commercial construction.”

Jobsite automation innovations

Hilti has long been delivering technology to augment workforces across dynamic jobsite conditions including in the areas of ergonomics; workflow automation; and, semi-automation such as the new PLT 300 2D and 3D Layout, total stations and Diamond Cut Assist solutions. And soon, Hilti will have additional news to share regarding continued advancements in jobsite automation innovations including but not limited to new robotics technology. 

Robotic technology

In recent years, Hilti has actively worked with start-ups and external partners to couple its understanding of customer pain points with new technologies and innovative solutions, including robotics, from the outside to create solutions for commercial construction challenges. 

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