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Announced last year by the robotics team DSME shipyard Korean Daewoo, the first exoskeleton is being tested. Which is still a prototype and this exoskeleton called RoboShipbuilder appears rather modest performance. Autonomy would be 3 hours and he could not carry more than 30 kg. It is nevertheless a first on an industrial site and its performance should rapidly increase. Its carbon structure should allow the operator to wear steel parts up to 100 kg. Nevertheless, the ambitions of its creator, Gilwhoan Chu, going well beyond.
Korea ahead in the automation of its shipyards
Vision 2020 strategy robotics team DSME is extremely ambitious: to design their own robots welding, blasting and therefore exoskeletons adapted to its shipbuilding activity. DSME is a huge site where Korean assembles tankers, container ships and other major oil platforms. The New Scientist article that reveals the commissioning of RoboShipbuilder at Daewoo evokes a study conducted by the U.S. Navy, which ranks Korean shipyards among the most advanced in terms of automation. In 2012, one of them had already achieved 68% of welds using robots. Deawoo intends to push this competitive advantage by completing his robots with human “augmented”.
Exoskeleton technology is still rapidly evolving
Compared to the presentation by the team Gilwhoan Chu a year ago, this exoskeleton so called “Iron Man” has evolved. The ink dot initially placed above the head of the operator spends at his chest, but especially the Korean team, seems to have gone in pneumatic technology electric. A choice that allows it to display a weight of only 28 kg. In one year, the RoboShipbuilder has evolved and continue to evolve. On the website of DSME, we can see an exoskeleton carrying a load of 1 ton. 3D image seems pretty far removed from what is actually an exoskeleton such a capability, but it gives an idea of the ambition of Gilwhoan Chu.
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“Korean Shipbuilder Testing Industrial Exoskeletons for Future Cybernetic Workforce”, IEEESpectrum, august 5, 2014
“Robotic suit gives shipyard workers super strength”, NewScientist, august 4, 2014
“DSME’s New Technology”, Communiqué DSME, may 6, 2013
“Vision 2020, Commercialization of High-Performance Robots”, DSME