The Weight Is Over
The Apex reduces the risk of back pain before it starts
The data has spoken: the Apex passive back-assist exosuit helps active workers reduce back strain during exhausting workdays, lowering the risk of musculoskeletal injuries. Born from rigorous science and advanced ergonomics, the Apex has been proven to relieve 75 pounds of back muscle strain with every lift.
The Apex’s award-winning design also has practical wearability in mind – providing much-needed assistance during constant lifting, bending, and reaching without sacrificing comfort or freedom of movement. Those three pillars – assistance, comfort, and freedom of movement – are what makes the Apex a realistic, adoptable wearable technology to address the country’s billion-dollar back pain problem.
Pillars of Effective Exosuits
ComfortComposed of lightweight materials, the Apex fits comfortably. Weighing only 3.4 lbs, it’s textile-based, breathable, and gives you an incredible range of motion.
AssistanceThe Apex is built to reduce loading and fatigue of back muscles by reducing strain on the back by over 75 lbs with every lift. It preserves your strength and sustains healthy productivity.
Freedom of MovementModular components keep the Apex agile, enabling a wide range of size customization. Easy to take on and off, the Apex’s dual-mode means you can activate the exosuit’s assistance when you need it. And deactivate it when you don’t.
By the Numbers
The Apex can take over 75 lbs. of strain off the back on every lift. That adds up.
The lightweight Apex only weighs 3.4 lbs, which is about the same as an empty backpack.
Dive Into the Data of Exo
Reduces Muscle Strain
- 15-20% During Lifting
- 20-40% During Bending
- 30-40% Reduction In Muscle Fatigue
Source: Lamers, Yang & Zelik 2019, Lamers et al. 2020
Results from the Lab
In laboratory tests, those using a passive elastic exosuit had to use less of their total maximum muscle power when performing common logistics tasks. This reduces lower back muscle strain.
Source: Lamers, Yang, and Zelik (2018)
Apex Users Have Spoken
“When working bent over my back doesn't get as tired... At this point, the suit [has] become part of my work.”
– Nationwide grower/nursery employee
“[The Apex] didn’t hinder the movements at all, I could still do everything I needed to do; boxes that I pick up all the time felt lighter and easier to pick up.”
– Case Picker at a Fortune 500 retailer
“I'm often bent over all day trimming hooves and my back dies, but today I'm wearing my HeroWear and I feel awesome!”
– Goat Farmer
“I’m really excited about [the Apex] man, honestly. I feel like this is gonna save me. Cause I’ve had nothing but back problems...but I think this might be able to save me.”
– Case Picker at a Fortune 500 retailer
Important Questions About Exo Adoption
There is no evidence that exos have caused, or will cause, muscles to atrophy. For example, employees in warehouses have to lift and move 25-pound boxes. For workers wearing the Apex, they feel more like 15-pound boxes. That still requires plenty of effort, but even slight reductions in strain and fatigue makes a significant difference over time.
Also, muscle atrophy can occur when there is too little or too much muscle activation. That means overexertion can lead to muscle atrophy – as well as minimal muscle use after an injury. The purpose of the Apex is to keep workers in that healthier “sweet spot.”
No, this is a misconception of how exos function. Exos use leverage to do the mechanical work more efficiently. They allow your body to do the same amount of physical work—for instance, to lift a box—but with lower forces applied to bones, muscles, and joints.
The Apex is not meant to encourage employees to do even more work. It is designed to reduce the risk for work-related musculoskeletal disorders, help combat overexertion and fatigue over the course of a work shift, and improve people’s lives.
The Apex is backed by peer-reviewed science, and developed through rigorous testing both in the lab and in the field. It quantitatively reduces back strain, fatigue, and risk of musculoskeletal injuries from bending and lifting.
Human-focused design factors, including high-tech, breathable fabric, and padding and slip-resistant features in the right places to comfortably conform to wearers’ bodies. An exosuit that continually gets in the way isn’t practical for active workers.
There’s a proprietary on/off clutch that lets you quickly turn assistance on or off at the push of the button – giving you assistance when you need it and getting out of your way when you don’t.
<p>Exosuits are a complementary new tool in the ergonomics and safety toolbox that can be utilized with traditional engineering, administrative, and behavioral controls. Exos like the Apex are becoming part of a comprehensive health, ergonomics and safety program.</p>
Consider the primary movements of your workers, what injuries are prevalent or where your workers are sore day in and day out. Then look into the exos that provide that kind of support.
There have been major advances in the last five to 10 years, including models that are much lighter weight, lower profile, and more like clothing. For example, the Apex is textile-based and only weighs 3.4 pounds. Exos are not as clunky and obstructive as they used to be.
The Apex has a modular design, enabling an unprecedented range of sizes – with over 50 fit combinations, including a full range of female-specific fits.
Our customer service and support teams will help you with everything — from assembly and fitting to training and storage. See Adopting Exos Is Easier Than Ever (below) for more information.
It’s quite simple, actually. You can leisurely put it on in 30 seconds and take it off in 10 seconds.
Beware of grandiose statements about exosuits, such as claiming they will turn your workers into human forklifts. In reality, the workers are still lifting, bending, and reaching, but the Apex helps assist active workers to help reduce the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
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