DTi is leveraging its in-depth experience in aerospace, rail, and auto to make progress in the medical market.
Seating is a critical component for aerospace, rail, and auto – and requirements focus on performance, versatility and effectiveness.
In the medical field, while the specific requirements may be a little different – performance, versatility and effectiveness are clearly the same. For example, a wheelchair maker wants to create a comfortable product while also looking for quality components that perform well.
DTi’s grommet edging seals and trim protect users, equipment and wiring from chafe and abrasion.
We recently worked with performance wheelchair maker K.I. Mobility to help them ensure the comfort level of their users and solve an edge chafe problem at the same time.
K.I.’s products are top quality high performance machines. They build chairs to tight specs from high quality steel, aluminum and carbon fibre. They dedicate significant resources to the science of seating to ensure comfort is maximized. It’s no wonder their catch phrase is “Better by Design” .
However, they had a seemingly simple problem: a backrest pane.edge was causing abrasion to the hands of the user and wheelchair assistants. You did not have to do that too many times without getting upset or worse – losing interest in the product and potential loss of brand value on social media.
They looked extensively at foam material and had evaluated several trim profiles, but the foam versions did not hold well onto the panel edges, and the form factor did not satisfy the size and aesthetic factors that the company was looking for. Spring-Fast® was the perfect functional and aesthetic solution.
K.I. is installing Spring-Fast SL5 onto the backrest panel sections of the Focus Advantage and other wheel chair designs.
The prime goal was to prevent abrasion, but Spring-Fast also had to:
– Ensure a top quality fit and retention in test/use.
– Flexibility as the material flexed in use without compromising fit/retention.
– Aesthetically a low profile. Bulky did not match the brand.
Spring-Fast SL5 is a 100% epoxy encapsulated grommet with an ultra thin CRES substrate that snaps into place with just finger pressure. It is also called a caterpillar grommet – opposing castles create a compression force/static friction for self retention without glue.
See for yourself. Order some free samples here.