Influence of different passive shoulder exoskeletons on shoulder and torso muscle activation during simulated horizontal and vertical aircraft squeeze riveting tasks

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2022-06-08
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Jorgensen, Michael J.
Hakansson, Nils A.
Desai, Jaydip M.
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Jorgensen, M. J., Hakansson, N. A., & Desai, J. (2022). Influence of different passive shoulder exoskeletons on shoulder and torso muscle activation during simulated horizontal and vertical aircraft squeeze. Applied Ergonomics, 104.

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Aircraft manufacturing involves riveting utilizing squeeze riveting tools at heights from below elbow to overhead levels. This study assessed utilization of passive shoulder exoskeletons on shoulder and torso muscle activation during simulated squeeze riveting. Horizontal and vertical riveting tasks using squeeze riveting tools were performed by 16 aircraft workers wearing three different shoulder exoskeletons and a no-exoskeleton condition capturing electromyographic signals from shoulder and torso muscles. Exoskeletons reduced normalized EMG for the left anterior deltoid at both heights (6.6% and 15.7%), the right anterior deltoid (8.3%) and the right and left medial deltoid (9.3% and 8.9%) at the upper height for horizontal squeeze riveting. Exoskeletons reduced normalized EMG for the right and left anterior deltoids (7.0%–10.6%) and medial deltoids (1.3%–7.1%) within the upper zones during vertical squeeze riveting. Participants felt exoskeletons would be beneficial for squeeze riveting, however no preference was found among the exoskeletons used.

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