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Industry workers perform a lot of manual work tasks daily. Ironhand is beneficial for a wide range of those tasks. Usually, for grasp intensive, highly repetitive and/or static work.
Ironhand have been tested within various industries and different applications. Assembly, logistics and pre-assembly are areas where the Ironhand system can offer high support for operators. Whether it is a work cycle of dynamic and repetitive tasks or one static. To help you identify suitable applications within your industry, we have collected examples below.
An example of a dynamic workstation is one including cabling and hose work where the operator manipulates the material, fixate them to attachment structures and fixates it using a wrench or a nutrunner. This combination of subtasks with is a good fit for Ironhand.
Another example of a work cycle well suitable for Ironhand is manual stripping, crimping and cutting of cables using pliers. Whether performed in a cycle or separately, this is a highly repetitive work task where Ironhand can help the operator by reducing their effort when performing the task.
In tasks where a secure grip is required, Ironhand allows the operator to increase their level of relaxation when holding onto an object. An example of a task like this is glass install where the operator needs to hold the glass as they are installing it.
Assembly involves a range of tasks including push grips that repetitively exposes the hands to high forces. In tasks like this, Ironhand supports the operator and reduces the human effort needed to perform the task. For example, installing a silicone strip to a car door by manually pressing it into place.
Assembly also involves various static work tasks, for example using a sander to grind the surface after welding. In tasks where the operator must hold a power tool for a long period of time, Ironhand supports and allows the operator to relax their hand and use less force to maintain their grasp.
These areas often mean repetitively lifting and moving both heavy and light objects. Ironhand will not support the operator in lifting but will relieve the muscles in the hands and forearms when performing the lift.
An example of a work task is lifting and installing of parts within assembly and after installment, carrying of finished part to storage box.
Another example, unloading parts from cardboard boxes and placing them on carts. In both these tasks, Ironhand supports the operator for a steady grasp while lifting it onto the cart.
Logistics and pre-assembly also involve tasks where a hoist is used as lift support. However, the operator is exposed to repetitive and grasp intensive work as it requires manual manoeuvring of the hoist. In such a task, Ironhand supports the operator with gripping and holding onto to the hoist.
The construction industry is labour intensive due to the high amount of manual work tasks involved. The operators often have a few different tasks throughout a workday, however most of them are grasp intensive and repetitive or static work tasks.
An example of a static work task is using a jackhammer to drill a hole, break up rock or smash through concrete. This is a work task that exposes the hands to high forces for a long period of time and where Ironhand allows the operator to use less force and conserve their energy.
In tasks that requires an endurable and static grip, Ironhand can support the operator to relax their hand and use less force when performing the task. An example of a work tasks like that is to cut in metal using an angle grinder.
Another suitable work task is placing and finishing concrete using a rake, in which Ironhand supports the operator by reducing the effort needed to grasp and hold onto the rake.
Manual assembly and installation of electrical systems is another example of a grasp intensive work task within construction where Ironhand can support the operator when grasping and utilizing hand tools such as pliers or screwdrivers for example.
By allowing industry workers to use less grip force when performing their tasks, Ironhand reduces strain and fatigue. The results below are based on work station assessments made during 2019 within several industry segments. The majority of the assessments are made within the automotive, airspace and construction industries.
Ironhand can be optimized for different aplications and work tasks, the videos below show examples of how the Ironhand system can be configured for an excellent user experience.
IronConnect - Configuring Ironhand® for Static Tasks
IronConnect - Configuring Ironhand® for Lifting Objects