XPO Logistics, a leading supply chain solutions provider, has announced the expansion of its Hunic exoskeleton deployment across the United Kingdom and Ireland following a successful pilot trial. The company plans to implement this innovative safety technology before the end of this year.
The Hunic exoskeleton suits were initially introduced to select XPO Logistics network sites and dedicated warehouses in January. The Hunic Exoskeleton technology is designed to assist wearers in carrying out heavy lifting duties while ensuring correct posture to reduce the risk of injury. During the trial phase, it was found to significantly reduce fatigue among employees working in the five XPO depots where the suits were tested.
Moreover, the introduction of this technology led to improved productivity, with a remarkable 15-20 per cent reduction in unloading time noted after implementing the suits at one of the warehouses.
Alan Fox, Head of Health and Safety – UK and Ireland, XPO Logistics, expressed enthusiasm about the positive feedback received during the pilot phase. He stated, “The feedback from our XPO colleagues using the exoskeletons during the pilot was hugely positive. Wearers reported significantly less fatigue and effort required in routine handling activities, which has supported the decision to expand the use and invest in the equipment for the benefit of our colleagues. Additionally, we found that the exoskeleton assists in forming good postural habits that will benefit the wearer even while not using the equipment.”