Technology Focus series: Exoskeletons

Robotic exoskeletons are mobile machines consisting of an outer framework worn by a person, which is powered by a system of motors and hydraulics that delivers energy for limb movement. They are used to assist the wearer by enhancing their strength and endurance.

Image author: John Cummings

​Introducing exoskeletons for manual rail work can allow heavier loads to be lifted, whilst reducing stress and risk of injuries, improving worker health and wellbeing. Using exoskeletons for rolling stock manufacturing can increase worker productivity, thus enhancing manufacturing efficiency. Exoskeletons can help minimise disruption to train operations – a key capability of the Rail Technical Strategy. For example, staff using exoskeletons can carry out track-side maintenance more quickly, therefore reducing delay times and preventing delays from cascading throughout the network.

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