Intelligent Assist Devices – IADs
1 August 2004
Intelligent Assist Devices (IADs) are the state of the art lifting technology.
Presently, lift devices may be classified as either intelligent assist devices (IADs) or traditional lift devices.
As specified by the Robotics Industry Association (2002), an IAD is “a single or multiple axis device that employs a hybrid programmable computer-human control system to provide human strength amplification, guiding surfaces or both.” Intelligent Assist Devices (IADs) contain the controls and technology required to assist the worker in a way that the device operates as an extension of the workers arm. The other group of devices, traditional lift devices, also provide assistance with the lift by reducing the force required of the worker, but lack the computerized features that enable the responsiveness of the IADs.