German Bionic unveils new Robotics-as-a-Service plan for the Cray X power suit

Response to high demand for the Cray X: Flexible, low-cost service model specifically aimed at SMEs and businesses in the trades sector

Augsburg, August 6, 2019 – Robotics specialist German Bionic presents a game-changing new Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) plan for its successful Cray X intelligent power suit. This move takes particular account of the tremendous interest among SMEs for the Cray X and their demands for more flexible and affordable financing options. Available as either a 6 or 12-month RaaS plan, it allows businesses of virtually any size to benefit immediately from the greater productivity and safer working conditions the exoskeleton provides. The German Bionic Cray X is worn like a backpack and provides relief for the lower back while lifting or working in unergonomic positions up to the equivalent of 25 kg.

“Our Cray X has been enthusiastically received on the market and the interest from businesses for our intelligent power suit solution continues to grow rapidly – especially from smaller-sized companies. This has prompted us to introduce a new distribution model that allows us to support these customer groups more effectively,” says Armin G. Schmidt, CEO of German Bionic. “Our RaaS plan is a groundbreaking approach providing a new level of financial flexibility to now also enable SMEs and even businesses in the trades sector, such as masons, carpenters and general building contractors, to gain easier and more affordable access to the benefits of our technology.”


Flexible and convenient: how the RaaS plan works

SMEs and businesses in the trades sector can choose between a 12 or 6-month RaaS service package with monthly instalments of as little as 999 euros including all scheduled maintenance services, plus an activation fee of 4,990 euros per exoskeleton. The German Bionic team is available to answer any queries regarding the product and its applications.


Combining human intelligence and machine power

According to the German Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA – Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin), musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account for 23% of all sick days taken due to incapacity to work in Germany, and lead to an estimated loss in production of 10 billion euros annually and 17 billion euros in lost gross value added each year. MSDs are primarily caused by too heavy or incorrect lifting resulting in damage to muscles and ligaments as well as to bones and cartilage. The figures are even more dramatic against the backdrop of an aging population and a growing shortage of skilled workers in the production sector. While equipment such as forklifts or cranes could potentially improve workers’ situation in some instances, these static types of aids often prove to be too inflexible in practice or the acquisition costs are too high in comparison.

The intelligent Cray X power suit combines human intelligence with machine power by supporting or enhancing the wearer’s movements, thus reducing the risk of accidents at work and illnesses caused by excessive strain. German Bionic is the first European manufacturer to commence series production of these innovative robots that are worn directly on the body and is the world’s first company to offer Robotics-as-a-Service for exoskeletons.

This innovative technology, which brings people back into the focus of Industry 4.0, has seen the Cray X receive numerous awards including both the Bavarian and German Entrepreneur Awards, the Land of Ideas Award, the Automatica Award, as well as a nomination for the renowned Hermes Award.

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