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05-18-2016

Thermoplastic with Low Processing Temperature for Orthoses

Personalized Support for Limbs

The thumb orthosis can be adapted to the patient’s limbs with the help of hot air or water (© Dr. Boy)

In an ideal case, an orthosis is adapted to the part of the body it is due to stabilize, fix or relieve. A medical device that can be formed after production will reduce costs and effort as compared to a custom-made product and will improve wear comfort. This was the idea an entrepreneur had in mind when developing a thermoplastic material that can be processed at approx. 80 °C. The orthoses pre-manufactured in this way can be adapted to the individual patient in an extremely easy way. The only thing necessary is hot air from a hairdryer or immersion in hot water.

When searching for a suitable production process, developer Dr. Marc Klein learned about the company Dr. Boy GmbH & Co. KG. Situated in Neustadt- Fernthal in Germany, the specialists in injection molding machines configured a machine on the basis of their existing portfolio. Tests showed that the selected Boy 25 E machine met all requirements.

For the time being, Klein sells most of his thermoplastic thumb orthoses named Orktec to the Benelux countries, France and Canada. However, he says that he has lately received inquiries from virtually all European countries as well as from areas outside of Europe. Dr. Klein sees Orktec on the way to expansion.

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Dr. Boy GmbH & Co. KG

Neschener Straße 6
DE 53577 Neustadt
Tel.: 02683 307-0
Fax: 02683 32771

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