strongarm

CEO & Founder

Workplace injuries cost the United States $250 billion dollars per year - and the costs seem to be rising. One of the main culprits of the hefty costs are workplace back injuries, which are estimated to cost $120 billion dollars a year, averaging more than $65,000 per incident.

Based on experience with family members working strenuous blue collar jobs, and recognizing that the manufacturing worker - the backbone of the industrial economy - rarely receives the training and support they need to ensure proper lifting mechanics, Sean acted.

Sean began his journey molding carbon fiber braces with a hair dryer in his apartment at RIT, and has devoted every moment since to the science of ergonomics, and building a series of products - ErgoSkeletons -  to address on-site issues and mitigate the risk of musculoskeletal injury.

Working with scientists, engineers, ergonomists and software developers, it continues with laser focus on more accurate data collection and real-time safety intervention. Saving workers the pain, and organizations the financial impact, of imperfect industrial environments.

teammates

Sean Petterson
CEO & Founder
Michael Kim
CTO & Co-Founder
Matt Norcia
Chief Operating Officer
Bryant Eadon
Chief Information Officer

Edward Finn

Director, Finance

Alex Teller

Director, Clients

MOHAMMAD UDDIN

Associate, Mechanical

JACK CREAGHAN

Director, Analytics

JACK MCCORMACK

Manager, Clients

Lindsay catsavis

Manager, Clients

TAYLOR POTERE

Manager, Development

SIVA BOMMIREDDY

Data Scientist

Peter Noh

Director, Visual 

Timothy Bromm

Director, UI / UX

Michael Spinelli

Director, Mechanical

Alan Argondizza

Director, Embedded

JEFFREY PURO

Director, Software

DEEPAK RAVI

Engineer, Mechanical

Jesse Goodall

Director, Backend Software

Michael Cress

Senior Engineer, Embedded Software

VIKASH DEO

Engineer, Software

MERCER BORRIS

Engineer, Embedded

AHMED ELSAEYED

Engineer, Software

LUKE LOMBARDI

Engineer, Software

advisors

Jeff Hoyle

Ergonomics Advisor

As the Director of Ergonomics Services at The Ergonomics Center of North Carolina, Jeff is one of the leading experts in the field, and is charged with leading the growth, development and strategic planning for the Center’s future. Jeff also supports organizations as an independent ergonomic consultant, and has helped to effectively define the tools and methods used in the pursuit of safer, healthier and more productive workers internationally.

Jeff also serves as a research liaison between the Center and NC State University (NCSU), to help coordinate and manage ergonomics research between government grants (NIOSH, Susan Harwood Training, Dept. of Defense), clients/member companies, and NCSU faculty and graduate assistants. Working with StrongArm, he provides guidance on scientific efficacy, the use of cutting edge measurement techniques and the development of solutions to mitigate identified ergonomic risk. Jeff is an invaluable member of the StrongArm advisory board.

Tucker Taylor

Business Advisor

Tucker adds discipline to the Company’s​ governance and brings new perspectives to the Company’s strategic direction.​  ​Tucker was a member of the original management team at Federal Express. He ​joined the company in 1973 during its infancy, and was part of the leadership​ ​team that raised the required capital, developed its substantial​ infrastructure, and drove its rapid early growth.

He held management positions in – among others - System Engineering, Customer Service, Sales, and Ground Operations. ​He currently serves on the Board of CaseStack​, ​a technology driven third party logistics provider. He graduated from Yale University after serving five years as a carrier pilot in the U.S. Navy and brings the same focus, drive and experience to revolutionizing safety of science.

timeline

2012

SEAN BUILDS THE FIRST ERGOSKELETON™ AT RIT

FIRST SEED INVESTMENT
IN NOVEMBER OF 2012

2013

NYS START-UP & MASS
CHALLENGE AWARD WINS

2014

STRONGARM WINS
10+ KEY FORTUNE 500 CLIENTS

2015

3M VENTURE INVESTMENT

Impressed with the worker-focused ergonomic solutions in September 2015 3M committed funding to the continued development and sales of the StrongArm FLx and V22 exoskeletons.  An exciting opportunity to collaborate with a world leader in worker safety, and to guide the future of industrial work, worker safety, and the role of the Industrial Athlete.

With $32 billion in sales, and 90,000 employees, 3M is the largest international distributor of PPE. A perfect compliment to the StrongArm team - which Dan Chen, Director, 3M Strategy and Business suggested - “combines a dynamic and innovative spirit, with a great industrial design ethos … poised to push the boundaries of human centered design in the workplace.

MOVE TO NEW LAB, NAVY YARD

New Lab is an interdisciplinary space designed to support entrepreneurs working in emerging technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, ​machine learning, and connected devices.  ​Organizations that require more than just a desk and internet connection, but rather facilities with tools like welders, laser cutters and 3D printers​.  A perfect fit for the hardware and software needs of the StrongArm team.​

As the first tenant in this innovative space, StrongArm now calls the​​ Brooklyn Navy Yard - once the​​ epicenter of American shipbuilding - it's new home, and it's founders David Belk and Scott Cohen trusted advisors, and dot connectors as we navigate the complicated world of industrial manufacturing to deliver new solutions to market.​​  ​We are proud to be a part of this revolution, and visitors are always welcome.

2016

PROTOTYPE OF FUSE (SAAS) DASHBOARD WITH 5 KEY CLIENTS

3M DISTRIBUTES
FLX AND V22 ERGOSKELETONS™

4500 HARDWARE (FLX / V22)
PRODUCTS SHIPPED TO PARTNERS

25 FUSE PLATFORM TESTS COMPLETED WITH CLIENTS

PREPARED FOR SERIES B WITH LEAD INVESTORS IN DILIGENCE

2017

INTRODUCTION OF THE FUSE RISK PLATFORM

With the Launch of the FUSE Risk Management Platform StrongArm secures its role as the leading industrial safety science company, delivering a tool that can help actively manage industrial workers through data driven, client-specific insights.  Enabling the deployment of safety equipment more quickly, and with more precision across the working population - positively impacting risk management cost.

Working with a number of Fortune 100 clients across categories, StrongArm has proven it can reduce the financial and human cost of unaddressed industrial risk, and deliver significant investment returns to clients.  In parallel, data captured by the platform informs ongoing product innovation and the development of enhanced safety equipment designed to keep Industrial Athletes Proud, Protected and Productive.

2018

Terminology

Advanced Ergonomics

The study of people’s efficiency in their working environment and the applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely — called also biotechnology or human engineering.

Bio-Telemetrics

The branch of information technology that deals with the long-distance transmission of computerized information as it applies to the health and performance of the human body under industrial - environmental stress. In this case, enabling the quantified Industrial Athlete.

Safety Analytics

The systematic computational analysis of data that informs the risk exposure at an industrial site and can be used to identify factors that drive workplace incidents and predict accidents to help develop effective prevention strategies.

ergonomics

Exoskeleton

An external skeleton that provides support for the body. The human body isn't designed to endure the physical tolls of unnatural postures and repetitive motions of the workforce. StrongArm’s patented ErgoSkeleton™ products are wearable, self powered and improve human productivity, health, and wellness during active work.

Human Centered design

Is a design and management framework that develops solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-  solving process.  The concept has informed a StrongArm philosophy that starts with falling in love with the “problem”, not the solution.

Human Spinal kinematics

A branch of mechanics concerned with the motion of the spine without reference to the forces that cause the motion.

Ergonomic
Monitoring

The science of Ergonomics has made limited progress in the last 30 years, and still requires on site evaluation and reporting by trained ergonomists. The FUSE Risk Management Platform is a tool for remote monitoring, providing qualified scientists and assessors the ability to monitor multiple sites and workers concurrently.

Safety Score

StrongArm has leveraged decades of industry field research and developed a comprehensive “summary” of the leading factors know to be associated with high risk behavior. According to Dr. Marras in a leading Ohio State University study of 403 job functions across 48 different companies, back injuries can be pinpointed to  the listed dynamic upper torso movements.

Flexion

After capturing an industrial athletes neutral position FUSE gyroscopic sensors gather data to assess the angle between vertical and spinal bend during a lift. Risk of injury due to the pressure on the lower lumbar (caused by poor lifting mechanics) represents a key input in calculating an algorithmic safety score.

Lift Rate

Using an accelerometer to capture lift frequency overtime, and the rest period between those lifts, provides StrongArm a clear picture of shift activity / action. Average lift rate represents another data point used to calculate injury risk.  When combined with other inputs it can provide a picture of any work period.

Max Lateral
Velocity

Capturing the maximum side to side bending speed over any given time period aptly reflects an ‘industrial athlete’s’ high risk time without a neutral spine.  Because ‘torque / twist’  is a contributing factor to high cost workplace injury this data allows provides our team insight into the appropriate safety intervention.

Max Moment

An ergonomic calculation amounting to the sum of the length of your arm times the maximum package weight that an industrial athlete might encounter on shift. Due to the high cost of capture, and the nominal value in our algorithm we have chosen to forge this measurement, opting to use a client supplied average.

Average
Twist Velocity

This measurement reflects the speed with which and Industrial Athlete’s spine twists during any giving lift, and it’s average twist speed throughout an active shift. Among other components, a magnetometer embedded in the FUSE platform sensor enables StrongArm to capture these factors and run critical risk analytics.

Posture Days

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 there are 8.5 million Manual Material Handlers playing a role in the US workforce. After years of academic partnership and independent research, and with over 5000 sensors in the field StrongArm is the industry leader in capturing and analyzing Lower Lumbar Risk Data.

Biomechanics

The study of the mechanics of a living body, especially of the forces exerted by muscles and gravity on the skeletal structure. The mechanics of a part or function of a living body, such as of the heart or of locomotion.

BIO-TELEMETRICS

IOT Cloud
Enabled

is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as "connected devices" and "smart devices"), buildings, and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

Cloud
Enablement

is the process of creating, deploying and operating some or most of an organization’s IT infrastructure, software and resources through the cloud. Cloud enablement shifts in-house IT to a public, private or hybrid cloud environment. Cloud enablement service is delivered by cloud enablers or cloud service providers.

IOT Sensor
Technology

“Internet of Things (IoT)" is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as "connected devices" and "smart devices"), buildings, and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

Predictive
Analytics

Predictive analytics is an area of data mining that deals with extracting information from data and using it to predict trends and behavior patterns. Often the unknown event of interest is in the future, but predictive analytics can be applied to any type of unknown whether it be in the past, present or future.

SaaS
Platform Tools

The SaaS platform and its cloud connectivity allow the user to receive the benefit of an ever-evolving service. Tools can be developed as more data enters the ecosystem allowing the SaaS to better serve the clients needs based on the types of patterns recognized over time.

Machine
Learning

is a subfield of computer science that evolved from the study of pattern recognition and computational learning theory in artificial intelligence. In 1959, Arthur Samuel defined machine learning as a "Field of study that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed".

Timely
Haptic Feedback

haptics, or kinesthetic communication, is tactile feedback technology which recreates the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations, or motions to the user. Haptic communication can lose effectiveness as a user becomes inundated with stimuli.  It is imperative to precisely deliver haptic notifications based on a series of learned behaviors from the user's own history of usage.

SAFETY ANALYTICS

Worker
Anonymity

Employers receive tools from StrongArm such as advanced haptic feedback,consultation, and training recommendations to help reduce risk, while still respecting privacy.  Employers often prefer this, as it may help protect them from liability if litigated, yet provides tools to help their associates.

Safety
Interventions

An applied means of deterring the progression of harm or risk in an environment.  Such examples are exoskeletons, ergonomic training or workflow changes that reduce the long and short term effects of stress and lower risk.  Assessing and environment, evaluating cost, introducing and intervention and monitoring the success of the deployment are all critical in the process.

Underwriting
Insights

The FUSE platform delivers cutting-edge risk management data which can provide insurance providers with competitive advantages via more accurate underwriting capability.  Indexing this risk against national standards also allows interventions to be implemented and evaluated accurately in efforts to to reduce injury and insurance -related costs.

Real-Time
ROI

The FUSE risk management platform (and device) provides a tool to identify and reduce risky worker behaviors by delivering real-time haptic notifications which can prevent avoidable injury. StrongArm’s FUSE device is enabled to provide conditional haptic on-body feedback. In other words, your industrial workforce is notified if they are ever in a sustained period of high risk.

Data
Management

The SaaS platform and its cloud connectivity allow the user to receive the benefit of an ever-evolving service. Tools can be developed as more data enters the ecosystem allowing the SaaS to better serve the clients needs based on the types of patterns recognized over time.

Warehouse
Mapping

A proximity-based alert can be deliver to help avoid collisions. The FUSE can identify proximity risk and prevent collision by delivering a haptic signal to at risk workers immediately.  Workplaces are constantly changing, and FUSE provides the ability to map and build early warning signals around anything from uneven ground to fast moving forklifts.

Guideline
Adherence

The OSHA regulations are complex and often change. Safety protocols also evolve for individual organizations as more is learned and safety reports identify new trends. The ability to to utilize data to maintain adherence to reduce risk exposure is a benefit of IoT and SaaS products.