Translock System Made of Ixef PARA Resin Enhances Safety for Wheelchair Users

february 7 2012

Transfer Solutions LLC, Galesburg, Ill., has developed the healthcare industry's first latching device that maintains balance and stability and helps prevent falls for wheelchair users. With its patent pending locking device made of Ixef 1022 polyarylamide (PARA) from Solvay Specialty Polymers USA, LLC, the Translock safely secures the wheelchair to a fixed object like a bed, toilet, or shower during transfer.

"Until now, no product has specifically addressed the danger of falls related to wheelchair tips during transfers," says Paul Johnson, managing partner with Transfer Solutions. The Translock features an engineered "lock and dock" design with a pivotal arm clamp engaged through the use of a lever button, or through contact and pressure in a docking situation.

Nearly 80% of the components for the Translock latching device and the accompanying wheelchair, toilet, bed, and wall attachments are injection molded of Ixef PARA. The high-performance thermoplastic specialty nylon offers strength and rigidity and can be molded, thus eliminating machining and realizing a major cost reduction over competitive materials, according to Johnson.

Ixef 1022 is a 50% glass-filled PARA-based compound that combines high stiffness with an ultra-smooth finish that eliminates any dangerous sharp points or edges. The tensile and flexural strength of Ixef compounds are comparable to many cast metals and alloys at ambient temperature. Transfer Solutions selected Ixef PARA instead of 30% glass-filled polypropylene (PP) due to its greater strength and rigidity.

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