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Testing exoskeletons: Event organized by Hof University of Applied Sciences and Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Handwerk makes it possible

On June 10, 2022, Hof University of Applied Sciences, the Chamber of Crafts for Upper Franconia and the Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Handwerk Schaufenster Bayreuth invited interested parties to a joint event on “Exoskeletons in Crafts” at the Lucas Cranach Campus in Kronach.

Exoskeleton systems offer craftsmen and women technical solutions for relieving the strain of heavy physical activities in their daily work, such as lifting objects. The combination of the topics of robotics from the Chamber of Skilled Crafts and the Center for Skilled Crafts and health from the bachelor’s degree program “Innovative Health Care” at Hof University of Applied Sciences was well received by the participants. Because: Every participant had the opportunity to put on and test different exoskeletons themselves and thus feel the comparison on their own body.

The organizers welcomed a total of 15 people to the event – including craftsmen and women from various trades, but also employees from the industrial environment as well as multipliers such as business consultants from the Chamber of Crafts. In addition to trying out the exoskeletons, the three institutions presented their own focal points in various lectures and explained technical content on the systems.

Hof University of Applied Sciences has been offering the Bachelor’s degree in “Innovative Healthcare” at the Lucas Cranach Campus in Kronach since the winter semester of 2021/2022. It deals with the interfaces between health care, computer science and engineering in an interdisciplinary manner. In the future, graduates are to act as bridge builders between technology and health and social professions.

The Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Handwerk is intended to bring digital transfer to the skilled trades and ultimately to society. That’s why I was particularly pleased to be able to organize an event on the topic of robotics in combination with health together with Prof. Dr. Dietmar Wolff, Vice President Teaching at Hof University of Applied Sciences, and his team as well as the representatives for innovation and technology of the Chamber of Crafts for Upper Franconia.”

Robert Falkenstein, Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Handwerk

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Wolff also praised the event for demonstrating “synergies between the topics of health and the skilled trades” and promised to “look into further possible applications.”

Andreas Kätzel and Holger Bär, representatives for innovation and technology at the Chamber of Crafts for Upper Franconia, are also satisfied with the event:

“One of our tasks is to link the skilled trades with universities from the region in order to make current technologies known to the skilled trades. So such an event is right up our alley.”

Andreas Kätzel
from left to right: Holger Bär, Andreas Kätzel (both Chamber of Crafts for Upper Franconia), Robert Falkenstein (Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Handwerk), Sophia Giegold, Désirée Neeb (both Institute for Information Systems (iisys) at Hof University of Applied Sciences) and Prof. Dr. Dietmar Wolff (Vice President Teaching Hof University of Applied Sciences); Photo: Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Handwerk

Kirsten Hölzel

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