Lockheed Martin has signed a sales and support agreement with ROBRADY design to sell and support its FORTISâ industrial exoskeleton and FORTIS Tool Arm product line. Under the agreement, ROBRADY will manufacture, sell and provide training, gimbals, accessories and service for Lockheed Martin’s industrial exoskeletons.
The agreement expands access for potential FORTIS customers and adds user training and service resources. It makes it easier for industrial users to get the productivity and safety results for which FORTIS was designed.
“Our design and manufacturing partner ROBRADY is ideally positioned to offer FORTIS solutions to industrial users,” said Keith Maxwell, FORTIS program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “They have a strong reputation for understanding and meeting industrial customer needs.”
“ROBRADY design is thrilled to join our design, support and manufacturing expertise with Lockheed Martin’s FORTIS program,” said ROBRADY CEO Rob Brady. “Together we’re going to bring the productivity and safety advantages of FORTIS to the commercial industrial marketplace.”
FORTIS is an unpowered, lightweight exoskeleton that increases an operator’s strength and endurance by transferring the weight of heavy loads from the operator’s body directly to the ground through a series of joints at the hips, knees and ankles. FORTIS has been recognized with seven International design awards, including Red Dot’s Best of the Best, Green Good Design Award, SPARK and The Icon Award. Recently, the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences concluded that the FORTIS exoskeleton could mitigate nearly all injuries from industrial power tools by making them effectively weightless during operation.
Integral to the FORTIS exoskeleton but also sold separately is the FORTIS Tool Arm. It supports tool weight and helps isolate tool vibration and torque kick from the user. It can be mounted on work benches, scaffolding or stanchions to meet a wide variety of applications. Users of the FORTIS and FORTIS Tool Arm report two-thirds less fatigue, resulting in higher quality work, greater productivity and fewer musculoskeletal injuries.
Source: Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT)
Date: Aug 8, 2017