Exoskeletons to support the automotive industry

The automotive manufacturing sector is highly automated and, at the same time, facing many challenges and constant changes. Increasingly, this industry finds itself confronted with an aging workforce and a lack of skilled workers. The nature of the work performed at the assembly line is repetitive and, consequently, often causes musculoskeletal pain and injuries.

Exoskeleton Automotive Use Case

Ottobock Shoulder supports your arms during strenuous overhead work, while feeling like a natural extension of your body. Whether in logistics, manufacturing or maintenance, the Ottobock Shoulder can help your workers succeed in their work and have more energy for life. The Ottobock Shoulder is the successor of the very successful Paexo Shoulder exoskeleton

Shoulder exoskeletons for overhead and above-shoulder work

This sector focuses on the Ottobock Shoulder, an exoskeleton for overhead work and work on or above-shoulder height. The personal assistive system, which is worn on the body, supports employees globally on the assembly line when carrying out such demanding physical work. In addition, the Paexo Neck can provide relief to the cervical spine during overhead work, e.g. installations or inspections. It can be worn in combination with the Paexo Shoulder and Ottobock Shoulder. Using exoskeletons reduces physical strain and protects the musculoskeletal system. This is also confirmed in several studies and analyses.

“The automotive industry is a pioneer in the use of exoskeletons.

Here we witnessed how exoskeletons with various designs were used as a prevention tool and implemented and used for daily activities. We can proudly look back to great cooperations, e.g., with Volkswagen, BMW, and Toyota.
The fact that exoskeletons play an important role in the daily workflow is demonstrated repeatedly in production lines that are only partly automated and, hence, involve many manual activities. Even with optimal planning, the industry continues to come up against the limits of automation. The participation of people and their flexibility in the various tasks is therefore essential for success. And it is precisely these employees who need to be protected in a preventive manner. Exoskeletons contribute to the ergonomic design of workplaces.”

Dr. Sönke Rössing, Head of Ottobock Bionic Exoskeletons

Our innovative solutions, based on orthopedic expertise, are suitable for almost any industry.

Selected use cases from 1000+ successful customer projects:


Load handling


Assembly and maintenance


Rail, rolling stock, trams, metros


Welding, surface treatment, maintenance


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Riveting, fastening and maintenance