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Features & Applications

  • Safer jobsites – helps reduce worker’s shoulder and neck fatigue when working overhead by lowering physical strain
  • Attract and retain the best team members – construction exoskeletons contribute to workforce wellbeing by helping cut down on sick leave caused by physically demanding work
  • Practical, user-friendly design – engineered to make wearing, adjusting and cleaning as easy as possible under jobsite conditions
  • Customizable – a neck support could be added for extra relief during the most demanding overhead tasks
  • Suitable for all-day use – providing freedom of movement and weighing just 5 lbs, EXO-S is one of the lightest shoulder exoskeletons currently available
  • Ideal for continuous or repetitive overhead tasks, with or without using tools
  • Installing drywall – fastening track to ceilings and walls, taping, hanging & screwing board
  • Surface grinding and sanding – finishing on walls/ceilings
  • Overhead installation – piping, sprinklers, air ducts, conduits, cable trays and channels


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EXO-S Construction Exoskeleton

Redefine overhead work with Hilti's upper-body exoskeleton

Help keep your projects running smoothly with the EXO-S exoskeleton – Hilti’s new transformative technology designed to help improve jobsite efficiency, while assisting with alleviating upper-body fatigue and pain resulting from repetitive overhead tasks. 

To help ensure you’re getting the most of out of your EXO-S on the jobsite, Hilti offers implementation, training and support for your EXO-S. It’s one more way Hilti is there for you from start to finish.

Unparalleled support with adaptability

Hilti’s new EXO-S upper-body exoskeleton can assist with reducing arm and shoulder muscle fatigue during long periods of overhead work, while giving you more freedom of movement and a full range of motion. The ultralight exoskeleton, weighing in at less than 6 lbs., offers dynamic support and control through easier adjustability for a wide range of body types. 

Benefits of the EXO-S

Enhanced jobsite efficiency

Focusing on reducing strain and fatigue for both experienced and novice users, the EXO-S helps maintain high productivity levels on the jobsite by aiding in the reduction of fatigue in workers. The EXO-S construction exoskeleton helps increase comfort levels in demanding applications like overhead drywall, piping, air duct, cables and conduit installation among others.

Designed for construction

The EXO-S reimagines overhead applications during a time the construction industry is experiencing a labor shortage. Created specifically for the construction industry, Hilti’s innovative upper-body exoskeleton solution helps alleviate the impact of physically intensive work. This can help reduce fatigue for your crew, and in turn aid with sustained efficiency – assisting you in attracting and retaining skilled labor.

Less pain, more gain

Offering an unimpeded range of motion in an easier-to-wear and lightweight solution weighing in at less than 6 lbs., the EXO-S provides dynamic support without restricting the span of motion of the arm and torso. The EXO-S leverages passive exoskeleton technology that is intuitive, well-balanced and easier-to-adjust on a wide range of body types. 

Versatility and mobility

The EXO-S is engineered to help provide support for virtually any overhead installation work on construction jobsites. There’s no power source needed and no motors to maintain, helping to ensure your construction exoskeleton is ready whenever you need it. This lightweight system with a wearable backpack design helps to reduce the impact of physically intensive, repetitive movements from overhead and shoulder height applications, allowing you to more effectively tackle overhead work.


Interior Finishing

  • Suspended ceiling
  • Ceiling and wall sanding
  • Painting
  • Insulation

Building Construction

  • Finishing (grinding)
  • Heaving drilling (bridges, rebar)
  • Slab formwork


  • Piping (HVAC)
  • Sprinkler 
  • Air duct installation


  • Drilling overhead
  • Cable fixation overhead
  • IT infrastructure

How to adapt your EXO-S for the best fit

Adjust the EXO-S for height

  • For best comfort, the highest point of shoulder hinge should be parallel with your shoulder
  • Press the release button on the height adjuster
  • Adjust to the desired height, making sure both sides are set to the same size.

Adjust the EXO-S for width

  • For better comfort, the back braces should be parallel with one another, and aligned with shoulder blades
  • Disengage the hook of the spacing adjuster
  • Lengthen / shorten the waist belt as desired, noting the height and waist size dimensions don't necessarily have to match.
  • Slip the EXO-S on to your shoulders and check the symmetrical positioning of the waist belt.  The ball sockets must be fixed vertically relative to the shoulder blades and can be tilted outward (V-Shape), depending on your upper-body build.  Your hands must be free to swing without hinderance.  

Adjust the EXO-S for tensioning assistance

The tension-support range of the EXO-S can also be adjusted depending on the job or preference:

  • Turn the knob clockwise (+) for more assistance, turn it counter-clockwise (-) for less assistance.
  • Assistance is optimal when gravity is enough to make your arms drop, without further exertion on your part.  It is not recommended to set assistance to a value higher than this; any lower setting is possible, in accordance with your preference.

Video Tutorial

  • How to adjust the EXO-S


As with all Hilti’s solutions, we offer EXO-S implementation, training and support services on the jobsite for you and your crew, helping to ensure that you’ve got the right fit and are able to take advantage of all the benefits of this transformative new technology. 

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