ASTM WK65295

    New Test Method for Load Handling When Using an Exoskeleton

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    Developed by Subcommittee: F48.03 | Committee F48 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This standard describes a test method for load handling when using an exoskeleton. 1.2 This test method provides a generic method for exoskeleton manufacturers and users to compare the exoskeleton capability to the load handling task. The test method does not describe all loads, load types, nor load handling methods. Instead, this standard provides manufacturers and users the designs for defined artifact loads and replicable test methods to generically cover typical load carrying and handling tasks. 1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are not precise mathematical conversions to imperial units. They are close approximate equivalents for the purpose of specifying material dimensions or quantities that are readily available to avoid excessive fabrication costs of test apparatuses while maintaining repeatability and reproducibility of the test method results. These values given in parentheses are provided for information only and are not considered standard. 1.4 This standard does not purport to address the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    load handling; exoskeleton; artifact


    The standard is needed to address a basic use of exoskeletons - handling loads typical in real world scenarios. The standard will describe a test method where most exoskeletons with independent or combinations of back-, leg-, and/or arm- exoskeletons can be tested for safety and/or performance. It will instruct the user through a procedure on how to perform load handling towards application of metrics such for evaluation of the effectiveness of using an exoskeleton.

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    Technical Contact:
    Roger Bostelman