New device for testing compression garments during movement

The Hohenstein Group has developed the HOYScan compression testing device which measures accurately compression during movement and the interaction between different materials.

Compression garments constitute a high-growth technology in the sport, leisure and medical sectors. Compression garments generally come with a defined level of compression. Until now, however, these values were inaccurate when measuring compression levels during movement. With the development of the HOSYcan, the Hohenstein Group provides a solution.

Florian Girmond, Hohenstein group director consumer tests, said: “Compression garments are so challenging that the various influences on the level of compression are often not clearly or precisely measurable.

“HOSYcan lets us simulate movement sequences for the first time. In doing so, the actual pressure on different parts of the body can be determined even in extreme situations.”

The device, which can measure circumferences of up to 150cm, can be individually adjusted and programmed. Body measurements compiled at Hohenstein using cutting-edge 3D scanner technology can be used as a base data set in customising movement profiles.

The advantages of the new HOSYcan device for manufacturers of compression materials for shaping and compression garments:

  • With HOSYcan, the interaction between individual materials in compression garments can be tested and analysed in a simple and cost-effective way—both in static and dynamic conditions. In this way, HOSYcan delivers important performance data in relation to the desired product properties. The simulation of both dynamic and static testing scenarios, as well as a combination of the two, is achieved without difficulty, allowing testing situations very close to the practical application.
  • The new compression testing device enables product development to be carried out in an improved, application-specific way in terms of material selection and product design. The modification of individual components can be extensively and individually tested.
  • The whole HOSYcan package can shorten development time with innovative comparison and visualisation techniques.

The database software features a modern user and reporting interface, which provides diverse parameter variations, filter functions and duplicating functions, enabling more efficient order processing. The measurement results are reported in the form of statistics and graphics and then made available to the customer.

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