Navy to test Lockheed exoskeleton

Lockheed Martin, the Bethesda-based security and aerospace company, has received a contract through the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences for the Navy to evaluate and test two Fortis exoskeletons. The Fortis device is an ergonomic appliance worn by a worker that increases an operator’s strength and endurance by transferring the weight of heavy loads from the user’s body directly to the ground. Testing will evaluate the exoskeleton for industrial hand-tool applications at Navy shipyards. “Ship maintenance often requires use of heavy tools, such as grinders, riveters or sandblasters,” Adam Miller, director of new initiatives at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said in a statement. “Those tools take a toll on operators due to the tools’ weight and the tight areas where they are sometimes used. By wearing the Fortis exoskeleton, operators can hold the weight of those heavy tools for extended periods of time with reduced fatigue.”


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