March 7, 2022
Japan’s Innophys Co., a venture company associated with the Tokyo University of Science, has announced it is deploying its wearable work-assisting robotic suite, known as the “Muscle Suit,” to five countries in the European Union – Poland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Last year, the company launched the suite in Italian markets.
Innophys says this now expands the number of EU countries where it operates to nine – France, Spain and Sweden were also made available through contracts with local sales agents following the robotic suit’s CE certification in December 2020.
The Muscle Suit is a work-assisting robot that lightens the load on a user’s back when the user performs hard work, such as maintaining a half-crouching position and lifting up a heavy item or person. The powered exoskeleton, which weighs only 3.8 kg, provides up to 25.5 kgf of assistive force to its user. The device can be used at worksites ranging from manufacturing, farming, nursing care, logistics and construction since its artificial muscle uses compressed air to provide assistive force without relying on electric power.
By the end of April 2021, sales of the muscle suit surpassed 20,000 units, the company said. For more details on Innophys, visit its website here.