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Sensor and control concept for a wearable robot for manual load handling assistance

: Stelzer, Patrick; Otten, Bernward; Kraus, Werner; Pott, Andreas


Husty, M.:
New Trends in Medical and Service Robots. Design, Analysis and Control : Selected papers presented at the 5th International Workshop on Medical and Service Robots (MESROB 2016), 04-06 July 2016, Graz, Austria
Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2018 (Mechanisms and Machine Science 48)
ISBN: 978-3-319-59971-7 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-319-59972-4
International Workshop on Medical and Service Robots (MESROB) <5, 2016, Graz>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPA ()
wearable; Exoskelett; Sensor; Handbetätigung; Lastenhandhabung; Mensch-Roboter-Kooperation (MRK); Steuerungskonzept

Current wearable robots mostly focus on applications in military, rehabilitation and load lifting in the health sector, while they are hardly used in industry and manufacturing. In this paper, a sensor and control concept for a wearable robot for assistance in manual handling of loads in industry is presented. Special requirements such as low costs, direct contact between the human and the load and easy set-up are addressed. A wall-mounted test stand of an actuated elbow joint was built up to evaluate the proposed sensors and control algorithms. By using a torque sensor in the elbow joint as reference it is shown that low cost force sensors in the forearm can be used to measure the human-robot interaction. A torque-based and a velocity-based impedance control approach are compared which allow the user to move freely while not handling any loads and which also allow to incorporate a human command signal for regulation of force support. The former is shown to be superior to the position-based approach. Further, the influence of the human impedance characteristics onto stability of the controllers is discussed.