Equipois, designer and manufacturer of a patented “zero gravity” workplace technology, has been selected as the recipient of the International Stevie Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year, North America. Equipois was recognized for its patented zeroG technology, which allows tools and other objects to float as if weightless, boosting productivity and eliminating injuries.
Ergoweb® and Ergobuyer® have been avid supporters of the zeroG technology since seeing the first prototype several years ago. We've watched it grow from concept to a successful family of products; an excellent example of the power of ergonomics in making work more productive and safer in many industries.
“Equipois is delighted to have received such an esteemed award for innovation, a category that included many great North American companies. The award is a testament to the value that our zeroG technology has brought to the manufacturing sector, and caps off a gratifying series of successes,” said Equipois Inc.’s President & CEO, Eric Golden.
The zeroG mechanical arm technology was invented by Garrett Brown, father of the award-winning Steadicam® camera stabilization system that revolutionized the movie and television industry. Equipois collaborated with Brown to adapt the Steadicam technology for the workplace in order to allow workers to maneuver tools and parts with much less exertion and fatigue. The collaboration resulted in a family of new patent applications, in addition to the existing patents related to the Steadicam products.
According to Golden, “The zeroG technology offers a disruptive leap forward in performance over conventional alternatives. Our products have been proven to reduce workplace injuries, increase worker productivity, and save money by eliminating the costly and widespread injuries caused by exertion, repetition and strain, while increasing throughput, control and precision. It allows virtually any payload – from tools to baggage to the human arm itself – to be maneuvered as if weightless, but with full range of motion, as if the object were being manipulated in space.” Equipois’s customers include some of the world’s top manufacturers in automotive, aerospace, machinery, and other sectors.
Equipois has emerged as the pioneer in the development of zero gravity assistive technologies. The company is currently extending its zeroG technologies to other industries, including dynamic support of the human arm for surgery, dentistry, laboratory tasks and other activities, where professionals are forced to work with arms outstretched for long periods. Other uses of the technology include materials handling, military field applications, and construction, among others. The technology also has the potential to serve as a rehabilitative tool and assistive device for disabled individuals. Equipois is presently working with top universities on pilot projects for rehabilitation of victims of stroke and other brain injuries.
About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.