“This is not a job, it’s a lifestyle. And there is no other way to live this. And when you are not living it as your life, it’s not gonna last for a long time.”
Gaurav Genani is the founder of Skelex, a non-powered upperbody exoskeleton to assist workers. It provides a feeling of weightlessness in one’s arms, resulting in substantially less muscle activity and fatigue. Gaurav Genani was born and brought up in India and came to Holland in 2010 to study at the TU Delft. At present his start-up is located at the Innovation Dock where he tests and optimises his prototypes and products. In his view, he is not only builds exo-skeletons, but is building a new way for humans to work. This human aspect was added when he was studying. “Only if you fully understand what human beings are capable of, can you understand what you can develop to support them.”
For his personal background and motivation, check out this inspiring video:
Collaboration with Bilfinger Industrial Services
Bilfinger Industrial Services is currently testing this innovation. iTanks linked up Skelex and Bilfinger in 2015 with the aim of developing the exoskeleton together. Through this partnership, they have developed a solution for painters and are working towards a device for scaffolders. Bastiaan Spoelstra, Director Business & Product Development at Bilfinger: “In collaboration with the start-up, SkelEx, we have developed a tool, the exoskeleton, that provides ergonomic support for people who have a physically demanding job. Our employees have done physically demanding work for decades, so they are at risk of developing physical complaints. The exoskeleton can play an important role in reducing these complaints and thus ensuring that people who do physically hard work can do so in a sustainable way. ‘
If you are interested in using the SkelEx for your workers, you should contact Gaurav through skel-ex.com.
Testing or developing a prototype
If you are looking for a way to test or realise a prototype yourself, RDM’s Innovation Connector could help you to get in touch with the technical facilities and expertise of companies and universities at RDM. Please contact René Schmitt, [email protected], for more information or visit www.rdmrotterdam.nl/business.