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Today’s most advanced technology and expertise applied to gait analysis

February 25, 2015

By LER staff According to ProtoKinetics cofounder Michael Rowling, gait analysis is essential for advanced orthotic and prosthetic design, evaluation of gait anomalies, and tracking of patient progress. Rowling and Youan Chang, former management employees of CIR Systems Inc, acquired the GAITRite TM M_Sqr technology from CIR Systems and formed ProtoKinetics in April 2012. Their objective: to develop, distribute, and support the most advanced gait measurement equipment on the market

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Streifeneder USA solidifies relationship with German partner, increasing its impact in the O&P market

February 25, 2015

By P.K. Daniel Tampa, FL-based Streifeneder USA is a comprehensive supplier and product development company with a lineage of providing wide-ranging options in the fields of prosthetic devices, orthotic devices, bandages, machines and tools, as well as materials and items required in orthotic workshops. Streifeneder ortho.production GmbH, headquartered in Emmering, Germany, has been a fixture of the orthopedic landscape for the better part of a century.

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Specialized custom and customized brace fabrication sets company off from competitors

February 25, 2015

By LER staff In the orthopedic bracing market, Town­send Design’s position can be compared with the local neighborhood grocery store competing against giant retailers. As a smaller company with personalized customer service and specialized fabrication capabilities, Bakersfield, CA-based Townsend has carved out a nice niche and strong reputation for manufacturing some of the world’s most effective bracing technology

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igli insoles emphasize easy adjustability, customization, and control

February 25, 2015

By Cary Groner medi USA, the US subsidiary of the German company medi, is continuing to bring innovations to its igli line of carbon fiber insole products, with a particular emphasis on the brand’s roots in pediatric orthoses.

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Plant renovation pays off with increased volume, decreased turnaround times for Levy & Rappel

February 25, 2015

By LER staff The end-to-end redesign and renovation of Levy & Rappel’s plant, which began in February 2014 and is now almost complete, means the 85-year-old orthotic device company is now moving at 21st century speeds, said Dave Kramer, CPed, the Saddle Brook, NJ-based company’s owner and president. “The renovation has accomplished all that we wanted and needed it to,” said Kramer. “We’ve increased our volume while at the same time decreasing our overall turnaround times by twenty percent, from five days to four.” The renovation included a total update to equipment and workflow processes in the ankle foot orthosis (AFO) department, decreasing turnaround times for AFOs by almost half.

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OHI’s overriding goal is to deliver ever-greater value to its customers

February 25, 2015

By LER staff When Frazier Healthcare acquired Orthotic Holdings, Inc. (OHI) in April 2013, they saw an opportunity to build a lower extremity juggernaut. The strategy, in an increasingly fragmented market, was to unite several leading brands, leverage the collective experience of seasoned managers, and present a singular and comprehensive lower extremity solution.

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Hands-on development, manufac­turing, design, and customer service help Ped Lite stand out

February 25, 2015

By Brigid Galloway Many businesses claim to be customer-centric, but few back up that aspiration like Ped Lite President Scott Sutter. More than a dozen years ago, Sutter started his own durable medical equipment (DME) company.

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P.W. Minor, a classic shoe company, gets new life

February 24, 2015

By Shalmali Pal When new management takes over an established business, the game plan is often “out with the old, in with the new.” When Andrew Young and Peter Zeliff acquired the P.W. Minor shoe company of Batavia, NY, they made a choice to keep the old along with introducing the new.

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Apex, a division of Aetrex Worldwide, offers fashion forward footwear with superior comfort and protection

February 24, 2015

By Larry Hand Apex, a division of Aetrex Worldwide, offers patient solutions with style. Apex footwear collections continue to expand the market for shoes that offer flexible fitting options for people with diabetes, arthritis, and other painful foot conditions, as well as uppers that are both comfortable and fashionable. Apex shoes for people with diabetes are A5500-verified to meet Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Bill (TSB) requirements

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Acor Orthopaedic responds to customer need for better-quality laminates

February 24, 2015

By Larry Hand Listening to its customers and acting on their wishes is paying dividends for Acor Orthopaedic, a manufacturer and supplier of orthopedic materials and orthoses based in Cleveland, OH. When customers asked for more durable laminates, Acor updated its manufacturing processes to supply just that. “Acor has changed its materials handling processes,” Director of Sales Joseph Merolla told LER .

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