Ottobock Shoulder

Usability, comfort and new accessories. Our “Best-Selling” exoskeleton for overhead work.

Starting from $2990

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Overhead work redefined

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

User-centered approach

The experience of thousands of shoulder exoskeleton users worldwide created the foundation for the Ottobock Shoulder’s unique usability, high comfort, and useful accessories

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Biomechanical design guarantees full freedom of movement and fast donning and doffing in every situation.


The ergonomic waist belt, intuitive adjustments and a one-size-fits-all system guarantee high comfort.


Proven to reduce stress on shoulder muscles and joints by over 40%.

Energy Harvesting

“The Ottobock Shoulder absorbs potential energy from the user’s upper extremity and stores it in a spring and cable system. The device continuously releases this stored energy to reduce the effort required to raise the upper extremities. This storage and release of energy significantly relieves strain on muscles and joints, allowing over-the-shoulder activities to be performed comfortably. This innovative solution from Ottobock is a breakthrough for businesses as it both reduces injuries and increases productivity.”

Prof. Homayoon Kazerooni, Chief Scientist of Ottobock Bionic Exoskeletons and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley

Ottobock Shoulder

The Ottobock Shoulder is worn close to the body, similar to a backpack, and allows full freedom of movement. Like all Ottobock exoskeletons, it requires no external energy supply and functions purely mechanically.

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  • Ottobock Shoulder
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  • Ottobock Shoulder

Combinable in everyday work

Integrable neck support (Paexo Neck) to relieve the cervical spine, a fire rated Shoulder Jacket, a strap for tools or use it with a fall protection harness. Ottobock Shoulder offers solutions for many situations in everyday work.


The experience of several thousand users has been incorporated into the Ottobock Shoulder. The result: simple adjustment options that make it possible to put on the exoskeleton in less than 20 seconds. Its easy-to-clean surface as well as removable, washable textiles ensures a hygienic usage of the Ottobock Shoulder.

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Experience Basic

2 Ottobock Shoulder Exoskeletons

2 week accompanied test phase

50% of the costs creditable



Experience Standard

4-6 Ottobock Shoulder Exoskeletons

4 weeks accompanied test phase

50% of the costs creditable

on request


Experience Analytics

7-12 Ottobock Shoulder Exoskeletons

6 weeks accompanied test phase

50% of the costs creditable

on request

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Immediate relief of the musculature

“The new Ottobock Shoulder benefits from the practical experience and scientific studies of recent years. They revealed in fact that ease of use and comfort are key to daily usage. Here we have made essential progress and the Ottobock Shoulder addresses exactly these needs. Exoskeletons are already changing all relevant industries. From automotive manufacturing to train, ship and aircraft maintenance to logistics, people are moving to center stage thanks to our innovations.”

Dr. Sönke Rössing, Head of Ottobock Bionic Exoskeletons

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“Ottobock’s close support during the pilot phase helped us to identify the right workstations and make them more ergonomical with exoskeletons. Ottobock was a reliable partner during the introduction. Today our employees use exoskeletons on a daily basis in the goods inward department and the warehouse.”

AptivMarkus Nendwich , Aptiv Mobility Services Austria GmbH

The arms are practically supported in the air. I would not have thought that this device could provide so much support. The regular support level is sufficient in most cases. Only with heavy tools I imagine that the double support bands are needed in the long run. The comfort of wearing the Paexo Shoulder was found to be very pleasant and was described as ‘not noticeable’ after a short time. Even when sitting, the exoskeleton was perceived as comfortable.

RadatzEmployee Feedback, Raddatz Gebäudereinigung GmbH

Over the past three years the advances in exoskeleton development have been very noticable, and I’m particularly pleased to see the developers incorporating user feedback to make the devices lighter and simpler. I firmly expect these advances to continue in the future.

image: MoserStephen Moser, Mercedes-Benz Ludwigsfelde GmbH

Your professional service for the Ottobock Shoulder.

After 12 months of operation of your Ottobock Shoulder, an inspection is required according to our specifications under the Machinery Directive for safe operation.

We offer the following service package.


All the basics for maintenance for your Ottobock Shoulder

– Annual maintenance according to IFU (Manufacturer`s instructions for use)
– Anti-microbial basic sanitization in hygiene chamber
– Professional deep-cleaning of system and all textiles
– Exchange of spare parts showing wear and tear
– Complete padding replacement
– Upgrade of the textile system to the latest version (if available)

$ 290
(Net price, EXW delivery to North America)

Detailed explanations of included services

  • Annual maintenance according to IFU
    • Visual and functional inspection on wear and tear or defects. An inspection plate is issued after maintenance has been completed (incl. indication of the next maintenance date).
  • Anti-microbial basic sanitization in hygiene chamber
    • The exoskeleton is hung into a special hygiene chamber and treated with disinfection agents for >20 min.
  • Professional deep-cleaning of system and all textiles
    • Strongly contaminated areas are systematically being treated with disinfection cloth to remove all dirt and stains.
  • Exchange of parts showing wear and tear (excl. textiles)
    • Worn-out parts like the expander are being exchanged proactively. Textile units are excluded.
  • Complete padding replacement
    • All paddings are being replaced with reconditioned ones (as new).
  • Textile system upgrade to the latest version (if available)
    • There are regular updates and improvements to our textile systems.

Studies on Ottobock Bionic Exoskeletons

The Ottobock Shoulder supports employees during strenuous activities in different industries, especially during overhead work. The exoskeleton is the subject of several simulated workplace studies to scientifically prove its effectiveness in reducing MSDs.

1. “Principle Study on Objective and Subjective Effects of a Passive Exoskeleton” (Journal IEEE)

In this study, various physical, physiological, and psychological parameters of 12 subjects are analyzed and compared while performing overhead tasks with and without the Paexo Shoulder exoskeleton. The assessment criteria used to evaluate the Paexo Shoulder measure both the objective and subjective effects on the users.

The study concludes, as one of its findings, that using the Paexo Shoulder exoskeleton significantly reduces anterior deltoid muscle activation by 55%, oxygen consumption by 33%, and heart rate by 19% (objective evaluation criteria). This indicates that the Paexo Shoulder efficiently reduces physical stress and fatigue.

Subjective evaluation criteria included task performance and the potential change in the user’s range of motion while wearing the exoskeleton. The study shows that wearing the Paexo Shoulder feels natural and unrestricted and has neither positive nor negative effects on mere work performance. Overall, the researchers rate the Paexo Shoulder as a promising solution to reduce musculoskeletal disorders in the shoulder.

Study: Journal IEEE -Short Version

Study: Journal IEEE

2. Principle study on the effect of an industrial exoskeleton during overhead work (Journal Orthopädie Technik)

In this study, the Paexo Shoulder is objectively evaluated using metabolic and electromyographic parameters. Overhead work is simulated under laboratory conditions. The results of the simulation show that the user’s metabolic effort and the load on the shoulder region are significantly reduced. In particular, the deltoid muscle and the biceps brachii muscle show a significant reduction in terms of muscle fatigue when wearing the exoskeleton. The study also shows a reduction in the muscle fatigue value of the trapezius muscle, however, it is significantly lower than for the other two muscle parts.

Studie: Journal Orthopädie Technik

Study: Journal Orthopädie Technik

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Exoskeleton Webinars

Enter the world of exoskeletons and work ergonomics and learn more about the development of exoskeletons in our basic webinar “Exoskeletons for Industry”. We will present the latest Ottobock technology and give you the opportunity to ask questions directly.

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