ALPS® Fabric Technologies
The fabric used for producing prosthetic sleeves and liners is fundamental for guaranteeing maximum comfort and safety. This is why ALPS® began manufacturing its fabrics years ago: to be sure to offer a product that best meets the functional needs of prosthetic wearers. The fabric needs to do more than protect the materials used in making the liners and extend their durability; it must also be able to generate a greater, lesser, or differentiated level of tension depending on the needs of the individual user.
ALPS manufactures and uses four types of fabric: beige, brown, black, and knitted.
These four fabric types are not differentiated merely by color and manufacturing process; each has distinctive characteristics and functions to provide each prosthetic leg wearer with the specific benefits they need based on individual lifestyles and clinical conditions.
ALPS fabrics: from the technology of the materials to the benefits to the amputees.
Beige fabric stretches both vertically and horizontally.
Vertical stretch is reduced by 80% compared to the beige fabric, allowing greater control and stability of the prosthesis. Ideal for active patients.
Vertical stretch is 90% lower than the beige fabric, allowing a greater level of control and stability of the prosthesis. Ideal for active patients.
ALPS' years of experience in manufacturing fabrics have played a fundamental role in developing our latest innovation: products created using Alps knitted fabric.
Our latest fabric manufacturing process has allowed us to:
- Create products totally devoid of any stitching
- Maintain control of the tension in each section of the liner to maximize and reduce the effects of pistoning
- Integrate a matrix in the distal construction of our locking liners
- Integrate the a distal matrix to limit elongation / U matrix or Regular Matrix