3M Personal Safety Division announces that StrongArm® Technologies ErgoSkeleton™ personal performance equipment will now be available for purchase through 3M’s distribution channels within the United States.
StrongArm’s ErgoSkeleton line includes the V22 ErgoSkeleton™ and the FLx ErgoSkeleton™, designed to help protect industrial workers from back injuries, referred to by StrongArm as “Industrial Athletes.” Both products are ergonomically designed exoskeletons that, under certain lifting scenarios, have potential to deliver a significant return on investment through injury risk reduction.
The V22 ErgoSkeleton™ is a lift assist device, that is designed to automatically remind users to follow the NIOSH and OSHA lifting guidelines in every lift to promote pivoting, knee bending and better body mechanics every day for safer, more energetic and more productive work.
The FLx ErgoSkeleton™ is a postural support device that is designed to provide feedback to users and remind them to maintain proper posture and to help ensure proper lifting techniques.
“We are redesigning the future for Industrial Athletes with our FLx and V22 ErgoSkeletons. Helping our wearers go home in less pain and fatigue is what inspires us to push the boundaries of human centered design,” says Sean Petterson, CEO of StrongArm.
The founders of StrongArm created the company after seeing the grueling effect of manual labor on their own family members. They saw that their fathers, Industrial Athletes, were similar to sports athletes - they were expected to perform their job with strength, agility and endurance. Day after day, they watched their fathers come home injured and tired after strenuous workdays, because they didn't have the equipment they needed. As a result, they decided to put forth the same level of design intent and research as you would find in professional sporting equipment and created safety equipment for Industrial Workers.
“We are impressed with the worker-focused ergonomic solutions developed by StrongArm, especially in the area of load-redistribution ErgoSkeletons for lifting,” added Dan Chen, Business Manager in 3M Personal Safety Division. “The StrongArm team combines a dynamic innovative spirit with a great industrial design ethos. We look forward to our work together to help employers advance worker safety.”