The choice of fabric used for producing prosthetic sleeves and liners is fundamental for guaranteeing maximum comfort and safety. This is why ALPS began manufacturing its own 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 just 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 types of fabric are not differentiated merely by color and manufacturing process, they also each have distinctive characteristics and functions in order to provide each prosthetic leg wearer with the specific benefits he or she needs 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
The fabric’s stretch allows the liner to adapt to the shape of the residual limb as it moves to guarantee maximum comfort
Brown fabric has reduced vertical elasticity
Vertical stretch is reduced by 80% compared to the beige fabric, allowing a greater level of control and stability of the prosthesis. Ideal for active patients.
Black fabric with greatly reduced vertical stretch
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 has played a fundamental role in the development of 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 a distal matrix to limit elongation / U matrix or Regular Matrix