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ASTM F48 Formation and Standards for Industrial Exoskeletons and Exosuits



William G. Billotte, Brian D. Lowe, Donald R. Peterson


Established in the fall of 2017, ASTM F48 is a technical committee that is addressing the need for standards related to wearable devices that augment, enable, assist, or enhance motion, posture, or physical activity – commonly referred to as “exoskeletons”. Exoskeletons have demonstrated societal value to individual health and well-being in the medical domain. Military, industrial, public safety, and recreational/consumer spaces are other growing application domains. This paper highlights the ASTM F48 standards committee formation and describes six subcommittees and their planned activities. The subcommittees will address: (1) design and manufacturing, (2) human factors and ergonomics, (3) task performance and environmental considerations, (4) maintenance and disposal, (5) security and information technology, and (6) terminology.
IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors


exoskeleton, exosuit, ergonomics
Created March 19, 2019, Updated March 20, 2019