Shanghai unit of industrial firm Comau debuts exoskeleton with 25kg payload

Adoption of exoskeleton has been on the rise over the past few years, in industries ranging from logistics to manufacturing.

Comau (柯马工程), a Fiat-owned company specializing in industrial automation solutions, has released its latest-generation wearable robotic exoskeleton that can help carriers lift 25 kg of load, media reported.

Shanghai Observer, a digital news platform, reported yesterday that the Shanghai subsidiary of the Italian multinational firm introduced its MATE-XB exoskeleton, catering to application scenarios including logistics and delivery, manual palletizing and depalletizing, and manual retrieval and placement.

Employees armed with the exoskeleton can also stoop to pick up or lift objects while working along production lines.

Developed in partnership with IUVO, Comau’s exoskeleton utilizes springs to help unleash human potential and augment physical capabilities.

Adoption of exoskeleton has been on the rise over the past few years, in industries ranging from logistics to manufacturing. This is because the contraption effectively reduces the risk of work-related injuries resulting from carrying heavy objects.

Specifically, Comau’s MATE-XB exoskeleton generates a force to support the wearer’s hip in performing such movements as stooping or lifting.

With a lightweight carbon fiber structure, MATE-XB is waterproof, dust-resistant and possesses corrosion-tolerant properties.

These attributes allow the device to function in an outdoor environment and even highly corrosive seawater. Easily wearable and detachable, the adjustable exoskeleton is tailored to people of all builds and statures.

A noteworthy aspect of MATE-XB is that it comes with no battery, motor or other glitch-prone components.

Characterized by an intuitive design and ease of use, the exoskeleton can maintain the agility of the user’s body, enabling him or her to switch on and off the device or between different functions.

Therefore, the user can carry on the work at hand while adjusting the exoskeleton.

Domestic suppliers of exoskeleton like ULS Robotics (傲鲨科技) are also entering the emerging space in ever larger numbers, but they have yet to confront foreign rivals like Comau head-on, due to a relatively low market penetration.

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Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at

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