zeroG Grinding in Ship Building

Learn how one naval shipyard uses zeroG technology for grinding to increase productivity while reducing injuries. Funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) through ManTech and in partnership with Ingalls and the Naval Metalworking Center (NMC), the use of Equipois zeroG technology resulted in a 30% work output improvement and still less fatigue at […]

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Strength. Endurance. Productivity.

Strength. Endurance. Productivity.

Reports are out this week the U.S. Navy is testing Lockheed Martin Industrial Exoskeletons. Using Equipois zeroG® arm technology, Lockheed Martin is developing next-generation technologies which allows operators to effortlessly hold objects weighing over 35 lbs., reducing muscle fatigue and risk of injury, while at the same time increasing productivity. Fortis Exoskeleton

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aerospace riveting

Riveting in zeroG: 75% Reduction in Task Time (video)

Riveting is a very common operation in aerospace manufacturing.  Riveters can be extremely heavy — up to 30 lbs. — and must often be used overhead or with arms outstretched.   This means that workers get fatigued after only a few minutes, and after months or years they tend to develop shoulder problems.  Plus only […]

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zeroG underbody aircraft sanding

zeroG for Sanding Aircraft: 53% Reduction in Labor Hours

Sanding overhead is an extremely demanding task.  Every manufacturing and maintenance operation that sands the underside of surfaces faces problems — fatigue that can create major bottlenecks, and often frequent shoulder injuries.  We were fortunate enough to work with one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers and one of the world’s top airlines to develop […]

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Equipois At FabTech 2015

Equipois enjoyed an excellent year at FabTech, welcoming hundreds of visitors to our booth.  If you were there, we hope you enjoyed the show and thanks for the opportunity to introduce our products. Equipois brings significant productivity and safety improvement to a wide range of applications and industries — please have a look at some of the highlights:

Show Highlights:

Equipois unveils Pick & Precisely Place (P&PP). Capable of lifting payloads up to 80 lbs, this product offers a safe and effective solution for precision lift and placement applications, without the need for hoists or any other overhead lift systems:

FabTech 2015 P&PP

Grinding is one of the most common applications of zeroG technology. It is also one of toughest and most injury prone jobs in the workplace today. Taking fatigue out of the equation with a zeroG solution allows the worker to focus for longer duration and with greater control often leading to productivity increases upwards of 40%:

FabTech 2015 Grinding

Additional recent case studies:

Mobility critical applications now have a solution with the Equipois vest worn system. Capable of supporting tools up to 15 lbs, the vest system transfers tool weight into ergonomically appropriate areas of the body without interfering with operational movement:

FabTech 2015 Vest System

Contact us for more information.

More Resources:

Thanks again from Team Equipois!

Equipois Team At FabTech

Add Productivity, Subtract Injuries… Equipois.

zeroG Gets a New Ride

Most customers are accustomed to the line of mounting solutions offered by Equipois, ranging from linear rail to the modest and effective mini-stand.  Each mounting solution is fit for purpose and is a workhorse for various applications and industries, providing a stable mounting location for the zeroG® arm and its payload.  However, in some cases the conditions do not allow the use of a traditional solution, and here is one example as a result pioneered by our very own Sigma Cranes:

Equipois zeroG Arm & TED

Sigma Cranes is an Equipois distribution partner based in Adelaide, Australia with a unique talent for developing tool and material handling solutions, in addition to having a long list of customers in the mining industry.  Thinking well outside the box and motivated by customer need, Sigma Cranes partnered with SafetyMITS to mount a zeroG arm to the Track Elevated Device know as TED, and here’s what happened:

TED can carry and lift over 1700 lbs along with having all-terrain capability.  Its job is to transport large parts and other objects where needed, and in the mining industry this often means over uneven land with debris and other obstacles.  Once in position, TED lifts the payload as needed to assist with the next operation, which of course often incorporates the use of proportionally heavy industrial tools.  Enter the zeroG arm, mounted securely to TED and in position to support the industrial tool being used, and the result is a formidable solution to many long standing health, safety and productivity challenges.  Feel free to contact us for more information.

**zeroG human augmentation and ergonomic equipment is a patented mechanical arm technology that lets workers maneuver tools, parts and other payloads as if weightless, with unmatched freedom of motion.  Common applications included: Grinding, Drilling, Riveting, Sanding among others.  Common industries include: Aerospace, Automotive, Metal Finishing, Maintenance & Repair, Shipyards.

Add Productivity, Subtract Injuries… Equipois.

zeroG Pipe Mill Grinding

Grinding is one of the most common applications of zeroG® technology. It is time consuming, requires substantial dexterity, and the tools are heavy — all factors among others that warrant zeroG deployment.  One customer who deployed zeroG equipment in a pipe manufacturing environment found an immediate 45% productivity improvement.  Using the equipment at least 10 hours per week puts them on track to no less than 200% ROI in productivity gains alone after five years and break-even after a year and a half:

Equipois Pipe Mill Grinding

The primary reason for this level of enhanced productivity is operators are able to work without fatigue. Fewer unscheduled breaks combined with heightened focus on the “tool doing the work” results in improved productivity.  In addition, many of our customers are able to upgrade to larger tools given weight is no longer a factor when using the zeroG arm, further amplifying productivity gains.

Regarding safety, grinders are one of the most injury prone tools used in production because of their very nature: aggressive, heavy, and high energy.  Add fatigue after hours of work and the risk of injury skyrockets.  zeroG arms greatly reduce fatigue of any job and therefore reduce the risk of injury. One injury avoided is worth many zeroG arm deployments regardless of all other benefits.  How so you ask?

Typical zeroG arm Deployment Cost: $10k

Typical Workplace Injury Cost: $38k (Includes direct & indirect costs, read more here)

Therefore, deploy zeroG arm and avoid just one injury: 280% ROI

Combined with productivity increases, the ROI for a zeroG deployment is staggering and may be one the best investments a company can make in the health, safety and productivity of their workforce.  Contact us for more information.

Rendering Equipois zeroG System

Rendering —  Equipois zeroG System Used for Pipe Mill Grinding

**zeroG human augmentation and ergonomic equipment is a patented mechanical arm technology that lets workers maneuver tools, parts and other payloads as if weightless, with unmatched freedom of motion.  Common applications included: Grinding, Drilling, Riveting, Sanding among others.  Common industries include: Aerospace, Automotive, Metal Finishing, Maintenance & Repair, Shipyards.

Add Productivity, Subtract Injuries… Equipois.

zeroG in Mining Maintenance & Repair

If you’ve done any type of home improvement involving power tools, there is a good chance you’ve experienced a job that requires you to contort yourself into awkward positions, with little or no support, and for minutes at a time.  Almost immediately the power tool feels ten times heavier and your back, neck, arms and patience are strained to the limit.  Now imagine this is your full-time job…

Based in Melbourne, Australia, BHP Billiton is one of the world’s largest ore mining operations, employing thousands of people who use and service large mining equipment.  Using various tools including impact wrenches weighing 20-30 lbs, it can take hours to complete necessary maintenance while holding the tools in awkward positions and potentially putting operators at increased risk of injury.  And not surprisingly, because in the past, there was no other way to do the work.

Enter Equipois in partnership with one of our distribution partners in Australia Sigma Cranes:

zeroG Mining Picture

Using the zeroG® arm eliminates the weight of these large impact tools while still allowing the operator to reach all areas of the work surface.  The operator is therefore able to focus more closely on the job at hand without being distracted by constant fatigue, resulting in a dramatic safety improvement.  Furthermore, the tool is secure and at no risk of being dropped.   When no longer needed, the equipment can be docked to a mobile trolley and rolled out of the way.  For more information about this particular application, please contact us.

Sigma Cranes has over 30 years of experience and it showed in this application of zeroG technology.  Numerous systems have been deployed, with more to come in addition to all new applications.  Nobody is more excited than their customer.

**zeroG human augmentation and ergonomic equipment is a patented mechanical arm technology that lets workers maneuver tools, parts and other payloads as if weightless, with unmatched freedom of motion.  Common applications included: Grinding, Drilling, Riveting, Sanding among others.  Common industries include: Aerospace, Automotive, Metal Finishing, Maintenance & Repair, Shipyards.

Add Productivity, Subtract Injuries… Equipois.

Equipois at Space Tech Expo 2015

Equipois enjoyed a warm welcome at their first visit to the Space Tech Expo this year in Long Beach, CA.  With over 3,000 attendees and 200 exhibitors, including some of our biggest customers like Boeing, Northrop Grumman and GE, we were happy to showcase our line of zeroG products.  Specifically demonstrating the benefits of using zeroG for fastening applications, eager technologists and potential customers alike got their chance to hold tools made weightless by the zeroG arm.

Watch our video below from the show and feel free to contact us for more information:

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**zeroG human augmentation and ergonomic equipment is a patented mechanical arm technology that lets workers maneuver tools, parts and other payloads as if weightless, with unmatched freedom of motion.  Common applications included: Grinding, Drilling, Riveting, Sanding among others.  Common industries include: Aerospace, Automotive, Metal Finishing, Maintenance & Repair, Shipyards.

Add Productivity, Subtract Injuries…  Equipois.

zeroG Orbital Drilling for Aerospace

Novator zerog

Orbital drills from Novator utilize a new technology for drilling in aerospace manufacturing.     They can drill through advanced materials such as carbon fiber and titanium in a single step, thereby saving time and reducing damage.  The technology has been adopted by the world’s top aerospace manufacturers.

Equipois has partnered with Novator to offer a zeroG solution that integrates with its Orbital drills.   The drills are “zeroG ready” with a dedicated mounting point that ensures maximum freedom of motion.  With zeroG, Novator drills (which can weigh up to 50 lbs.) can be maneuvered as if weightless, thereby greatly reducing operator fatigue.

When fatigue is reduced, workers can work for longer periods without getting tired, without wearing down their bodies and without making costly mistakes.  zeroG arms typically decrease task time by 30-60% and reduce injuries to zero, while improving accuracy.  A case study of fixture drilling in aerospace showed a return on investment of 366%, with a payback of less than four months.  (You can also calculate your own ROI from a zeroG solution here.)  The productivity and quality gains from Novator Orbital drills are thus magnified by the productivity, quality and safety advantages of zeroG technology.

Novator and Equipois have deployed systems to support some of the world’s most sophisticated aircraft.  The result was to enable drilling of advanced materials quickly, safely, and without material damage.

To find out what a zeroG Orbital Drill can do for your operation, contact Equipois or Novator.

Equipois Novator logos


Join Equipois at the Applied Ergonomics Conference

Applied Ergonomics ConferenceEquipois will be exhibiting at the Applied Ergonomics Conference on March 24-26, 2014 at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Florida.

Come visit us — catch up with old Equipois friends, meet the new team, and see a new mobile version of our technology.

We will be at booth 400 just inside the entrance.  We hope to see you there!



Equipois Welcomes New Distributors in France, Australia

Equipois is very happy to welcome two new partners to its worldwide distribution network.

Azairis_blancAzairis, located in Saint-Nazaire in western France, is a provider of innovative industrial solutions, with a focus on workstations and tools.  It serves the aerospace, automotive, luxury manufacturing, and other industries.  You can read the announcement on Azairis on our Announcements page.


Tel.:  09 83 25 93 26


Sigma CranesSigma Cranes joins the Equipois team to serve the automotive and general manufacturing industries in Australia.  They provide materials handling systems and other solutions to a wide range of industries in South Australia and throughout the country.

Tel.:  0400 380 041



Equipois Distributor Cast Metal Services

Cast Metal Services

In Australia, we also have a strong partner that services the foundry, metal fabrication, mining and related industries, Cast Metal Services (“CMS”).  CMS can be reached at:

Tel.:  +0400 880 191



You can find our distributors throughout the world on our Where to Buy page, and if you have any questions always feel free to contact us.

X-Ar Helps Assemblers at Hasbro

X-Ar Helps Assemblers at Hasbro

Game manufacturer Hasbro has been working with students studying physical therapy at the American International College in Springfield, Mass. to see if X-Ar can help assemblers there.  You can see a news segment on the project above, done early on before results were available.

This month, a online resource related to physical therapy run by Gannett, discussed some of the results:

During the pilot, [Professor Carley of America International College] said the workers adapted well and reported more endurance and fewer injuries. The arms being used in the project are x-Ar made by Equipois, and are lightweight with an adjustable spring, he said.

Carley thinks exoskeletal arms will be very useful in the future because they have the potential to be used in many different settings or fields other than manufacturing. “If doctors are doing long surgeries, their arms are going to get tired,” he said. “Also, as the population ages, the use of exoskeletal arms could actually help people function.”

We couldn’t agree more, and are very gratified to see such positive results from the X-Ar.  You can find the article here, or on our Featured News page.Hasbro X-Ar

The same pilot will be the subject of a workshop by Hasbro at this summer’s conference for the Volunteer Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA):

This workshop shares a collaborative ergonomics study conducted by the Hasbro East Longmeadow VPP Star site in conjunction with mechanical arm support manufacturer Equipois and students of the American International College’s Doctoral Physical Therapy program to evaluate a cutting-edge, high-tech mechanical arm assist for reducing cumulative trauma injury potential, increasing productivity and decreasing costs in the workplace.

 Assistive devices that improve safety and productivity are definitely the future…these sorts of studies are laying the groundwork and helping us improve our solutions.  Kudos!

Equipois’s Inventor Garrett Brown Joins the National Inventors Hall of Fame!

Garrett Brown

Equipois Inventor Garrett Brown

The Equipois team was delighted to hear that our inventor, Garrett Brown, will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May.  The Inventors Hall of Fame was founded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and honors inventors whose work has had “a major impact on society, the public welfare, and the progress of science and the useful arts.”

Among other inventions, Garrett was inducted for the Steadicam® camera stabilization system — the starting point for Equipois’s zeroG® technology.  If you own or have even tried a zeroG arm, you know that it performs a minor mechanical miracle by allowing payloads to “float” as if being maneuvered in space.  It was Garrett’s vision and nearly 30 years of continuous invention that produced this technology.  Along with our talented in-house team at zeroG Labs, Garrett has also been instrumental in helping Equipois create its full family of products, including two different zeroG arms, our gimbal systems, and the X-Ar exoskeletal arm support.  Garrett is also working with our inventing team on some exciting new product offerings, including mobile versions of our solutions, a version that will “pick and place” parts and materials, and even products to help disabled persons improve their quality of life.

Garrett has a fascinating background that includes a stint as a folksinger, the co-creator of a hugely successful series of ad-lib radio commercials for Molson and American Express, and Steadicam operator for some of the greatest feature films of all time.  His inventions include not only the Steadicam and Equipois products, but a long list of other technologies have changed the way movies, sporting events, and home videos are created and enjoyed.  You can learn about Garrett’s bio and inventions here.

It also turns out that Garrett is a terrific, kind, generous and thoughtful person who has been a great friend and partner to Equipois and its team members. Our heartfelt congratulations to Garrett for an honor that is well deserved.