THEY TALK ABOUT ATLAS: Meeting with Mr Claude Gimenez

« The Japet exoskeleton is the only credible product fighting against back pain and part of a global approach to health, safety and well-being at work »

In an interview with JAPET, Mr Claude Gimenez, R&T Manufacturing engineer and head of the exoskeleton programme at Airbus gives his first impressions of the Japet exoskeleton.

What made you initiate the process of using exoskeletons ?

The main goal is to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal diseases. There is a strong involvement of Airbus in the search of new solutions for the health, safety and well-being of employees. It must be understood that before we get to the installation of exoskeletons, we do a lot of work regarding the layout and ergonomics of the workplace; there are ergonomists in all the factories and doctors are present on site. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not enough, and it is important to find other solutions. Exoskeletons are part of new innovative solutions that can have a real impact on the health and wellbeing of collaborators.

What made you interested in Japet’s exoskeleton ?

Like every company, we have problems related to back pain and Japet’s exoskeleton is currently the only credible product that exists. The fact that there are medical and scientific validation in the product development process, is something that really brings credibility. Within Airbus, we try to do our best to prevent pathologies, but when the pain persists, it is a solution. We can propose it to the employees who suffer from back pain. This exoskeleton fits in our overall approach to health, safety and wellbeing.

How would you describe the Japet exoskeleton ?

Unlike many other exoskeletons, Japet is a preventive and curative product. It is also one of the only device that is active. Preserving muscle activity is something important for the maintenance of activity and for the collaborator’s health. I see the exoskeleton Japet as a product with which I say to myself: with this device, I won’t have any more back pain.

What are next steps ?

The purpose is to test the device on a site of the group. Of course, this test will be accompanied and supervised by specialists. Then if the feedback is positive, we will enter a larger scale approach on other Airbus sites. The idea is to offer the device to all Airbus sites, so that they are integrated into our global approach to finding solutions for the well-being of employees.