Abilities Expo Chicago 2016 Summary

Abilities.LogosTamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. just returned from the Abilities Expo Chicago, showcasing the company’s GlideWear Shear Protection product line along with a few other products that aid in foot blister, callus, and ulcer prevention (ENGO Blister Prevention Patches) and sliding board transfers (GlideFree Transfer Board Tape).

Abilities Expo attendees were welcomed by over 100 exhibitors for this three day expo, featuring products and services for amputees, wheelchair users, homecare, and others with advanced mobility needs. The Abilities Expo’s are put on by a handful of hardworking and compassionate individuals, led by co-owner’s Lew Shomer and David Korse, who were both onsite to greet and interact with vendors and attendees.

In addition to Abilities Expo Chicago, the organizers also host a half dozen other events each year, including locations in the Bay Area, Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, New Jersey, and Washington DC.

In addition to vendor booths, Abilities Expo Chicago 2016 featured events and demonstrations on wheelchair dancing, therapy horses, service dogs, adaptive art & gaming, rugby, soccer, and much more.

Abilities Expo Chicago 2016A few product innovations that stood out in the exhibit hall for their innovative, clinically appropriate designs and crowd appeal included a unique line of tilt-in-space manual wheelchairs by PDG Mobility, RoWheels‘ innovative “rowing” wheel design for manual wheelchairs and GlideWear shear protection cushion covers, socks, and undershorts for skin protection and bedsore prevention.

It was truly a pleasure being a part of this great event, having the opportunity to meet hundreds of unique and amazing individuals who could all benefit from Tamarack’s pressure ulcer prevention products.

 

Be sure to look for Tamarack at future Abilities Expo locations, including LA and New Jersey in 2017, to receive exclusive discounts on new product offerings.

For more information about upcoming Abilities Expo events, visit www.AbilitiesExpo.com.

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Tamarack Partners with Global Hydration for ENGO Blister Patch Expansion in Canada

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Minneapolis, MN USA – January 13, 2016) Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. is delighted to announce a new wholesale distribution agreement for the company’s ENGO® Blister Prevention Patch product line with Global Hydration Water Treatment Systems, Inc. (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada). Starting January 2016, Global Hydration will begin distributing ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches to specialty retail dealers across Canada while also promoting through Amazon Canada and its own consumer-focused subsidiary Elua (www.elua.com).

A unique product within the blister care category, ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches are an ultra-thin, low friction patch that applies directly to footwear wherever hot spots, blisters, and calluses occur. The long-lasting patches feature a durable adhesive that applies to casual, athletic, and dress shoes, boots, skates, and sports equipment. Unlike traditional blister patches that apply directly to the skin, ENGO® addresses friction at the source (the shoe lining) for immediate relief and lasting protection.

The expansion of ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches by Global Hydration in Canada follows a similar model of successful market expansion efforts with companies in Australia, Denmark, South Africa, and the UK, where strategic partners have established their own specialty retail network and ecommerce businesses.

About Tamarack Habilitation Technologies

Based in Blaine, Minnesota, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. is a med-tech product development and manufacturing company specializing in strategic friction management technologies, ankle-foot biomechanics and wheelchair seating. As manufacturer of the renowned “Tamarack Flexure Joint®” for custom-fabricated orthoses, Tamarack distributes its products worldwide in the orthotic & prosthetic, durable medical equipment, athletic apparel, and consumer markets.

For more information about Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, visit www.tamarackhti.com

About Global Hydration

Headquartered in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, Global Hydration specializes in water treatment, hydration and health via a broad range of B2B and B2C channels. Led by founders and brothers Andrew and Ian Moorey, the company represents a long list of manufacturers in Canada while also engaging in active projects around the globe. In 2014, they launched Elua, a division focused on bringing consumers better health through better water.

For more information about Global Hydration please visit www.globalhydration.com
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PRESS CONTACTS:

Jason Pawelsky, Sales & Marketing Manager
Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.
1-763-795-0057
jasonp@tamarackhti.com

Andrew Moorey, CEO & President
Global Hydration
1-807-577-0030
andrew.moorey@globalhydration.com

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies and Knit-Rite Announce Strategic Partnership

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(January 12, 2016) Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN USA) and Knit-Rite, Inc (Kansas City, Kansas, USA) are pleased to announce a strategic supply partnership to deliver a new line of skin protection options for patients using orthotic-prosthetic and complex rehab technologies.

The first major initiative between the two organizations begins this January with the launch of a new line of GlideWear® SmartKnit® Seamless Shear Protection Socks and an Above-Knee Brim Sheath, hybrid products from Tamarack featuring Knit-Rite’s proprietary SmartKnit® technology and Tamarack’s patented GlideWear® low friction fabric technology.

“We are enthusiastic about partnering with Knit-Rite, another well-respected leader in the Orthotic & Prosthetic field. The merging of Tamarack’s patented strategic shear and microclimate management textile technology with Knit-Rite’s high quality knit textile products will bring real value to patients at risk for tissue wounds and pressure ulcers”, says Joe Hofmeister, CEO at Tamarack Habilitation Technologies.

Mark Smith CP(r), CEO at Knit-Rite adds, “Knit-Rite is excited about the collaboration with Tamarack as it further supports our commitment to providing innovative textile solutions that help patients have the best quality of life possible.”

About Tamarack Habilitation Technologies

Based in Blaine, Minnesota, USA, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. is a med-tech product development and manufacturing company specializing in ankle-foot biomechanics, wheelchair seating, and friction management technologies.

Tamarack’s most recent technological innovation, GlideWear® shear protection fabric technology, is under development and in commercial use in a number of specific product applications, including wheelchair seat cushion and headrest covers, prosthetic liner patches, shear protection socks and underwear, and bedding.

For more information about Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, visit www.tamarackhti.com

About Knit-Rite, Inc.

Based in Kansas City, Kansas USA, Knit-Rite, Inc. is a leading designer, marketer, and manufacturer of innovative textiles for medical and consumer markets. Knit-Rite has manufactured medical textile solutions that promote mobility, protection, and comfort for more than 90 years.

For more information about Knit-Rite, Inc., visit www.knitrite.com

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PRESS CONTACTS:

Jason Pawelsky, Sales & Marketing Manager

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.

763-795-0057

jasonp@tamarackhti.com

 

Kam Howard, EVP Marketing

Knit-Rite Inc.

913-279-6345

khoward@knitrite.com

Tamarack Wins 2015 Minnesota Business Manufacturing Award

We’re excited to announce that Tamarack Habilitation Technologies was awarded the Best New Products: Textiles category winner at the 2015 Minnesota Manufacturing Awards last night, sponsored by Minnesota Business Magazine.

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Nominations for this year’s award were collected over a two-month period and reviewed by an external judging panel, consisting of industry experts across all professional platforms. The two other finalists in this category included Clothier Design Source and Safe Reflections Inc. For a complete list of finalists and winners, visit the 2015 Minnesota Manufacturing Awards Feature online.

Tamarack recently launched a series of new GlideWear® Shear Protection products, featuring the company’s patented, dual layer strategic friction management fabric technology. GlideWear products currently include shear protection wheelchair cushion & headrest covers, underwear, socks, and prosthetic liner patches.

Unlike other dual layer products on the market, Tamarack strategically applies it’s low friction fabric technology only in at-risk areas, where skin breakdown has previously occurred or where individuals are likely to develop pressure ulcers and breakdown while using various seating, support surface, and mobility devices. GlideWear products intentionally avoid featuring low friction fabric properties in surrounding (non at-risk areas) to optimize functional stability and comfort for the user.

Tamarack would like to thank Minnesota Business Magazine and the esteemed panel of judges for considering and selecting GlideWear technology as a category winner at the 2015 Minnesota Manufacturing Awards!

Tamarack GlideWear Technology Announced As Finalist For 2015 Manufacturing Awards

MBS_MFG_logowebMBWe’re delighted to announce that Tamarack Habilitation Technologies has been announced as a finalist for the 2015 Minnesota Manufacturing Awards for the development and commercialization of GlideWear® technology.

GlideWear is a unique, dual layer fabric technology that, when sewn strategically within garments and other textile products, provides users with all-day protection against friction and shear-related skin breakdown.

Healthcare products currently manufactured using GlideWear shear protection technology include wheelchair cushion and headrest covers, prosthetic liner patches, socks, and underwear. Additional products are under development, including a “Pre-Ply” version for third party manufacturers to sew into their own textile products.

Minnesota Business’ 2015 Minnesota Manufacturing Awards winners will be announced Wednesday, September 24, 2015 at a evening ceremony.

GlideWear Shear Protection Underwear (shown, above)

GlideWear products are proudly manufactured, packaged, and distributed from Tamarack’s headquarters, located in Minnesota, USA.

About Tamarack:

Headquartered in Blaine, Minnesota, USA, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. is a med-tech product development and manufacturing company specializing in ankle-foot biomechanics, wheelchair seating, and friction management technologies.

Tamarack’s most notable product lines include Tamarack Flexure Joint®, ShearBan®, ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches, GlideWear®, and FlexForm™ Custom Seating System

For more information about Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, visit www.tamarackhti.com

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Vector-X Cushion with GlideWear Named one of Mobility Management’s Best Picks of 2015

Mobility Management magazine has named Comfort Company’s Vector-X wheelchair cushion with GlideWear technology one of their readers’ best picks for 2015.

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Vector X with GlideWear Testimonial:

I love the GlideWear technology. When chosen for the right individual, it’s great to reduce the amount of shear force in the transfer, and I have found it to help the “active” crowd who continually moves and shifts in the chair without pressure relieving. Great cushion, great covers.

— Rob Lins, ATP, RTS, Home MediService Inc., Havre de Grace, MD

Click here to view the entire list of Mobility Management Best Picks 2015.

Unlike similar fabric technologies that offer shear and friction protection in seating & mattress applications, GlideWear Technology (Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Minneapolis, MN USA) focuses shear and friction reduction ONLY in areas of concern; ensuring the user can maintain proper seating posture and stability while realizing the friction, shear, and microclimate benefits of the patented GlideWear material.

GlideWear Technology is licensed exclusively in North America to Comfort Company (New Berlin, WI USA) for installation on Comfort Company and Vicair brand wheelchair cushions. Additionally, GlideWear technology is available in a patch format to help amputees relieve and prevent skin breakdown between their prosthesis and skin (GlideWear Prosthetic Liner Patch).

By mid-July, Tamarack will also release a new line of Shear Protection Underwear for men & women who develop decubitus ulcers from wheelchair and extended bed use as well as Shear Protection Heel & Ankle Socks for individuals who develop skin breakdown due to orthopedic bracing, footwear, and extended bed use. Additional applications for GlideWear technology are in development by Tamarack and under license to partners, worldwide.

Tamarack Launches Motion Control Component for Tamarack Flexure Joint Product Line

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies is pleased to announce the availability of an adjustable plantarflexion motion control option!

Tamarack-PF-Limiter-GroupThe Tamarack Plantarflexion Limiter Kit provides 30 degrees of precision adjustability. Kits are available in medium and large sizes, can be used with thermoplastic and carbon fiber construction, and include a set of reusable Molding Dummies. Tamarack Flexure Joints are sold separately.

“We’re very pleased to introduce this motion control option for the Tamarack Flexure Joint product line, expanding the clinical design options available to orthotists when fabricating custom ankle-foot orthoses,” reports Jason Pawelsky, Sales & Marketing Manager.

Additionally, Tamarack is preparing to introduce a dorsiflexion motion control option in the fall of 2015 to offer complete range of motion adjustability for the Tamarack Flexure Joint® product line.

The Tamarack Plantarflexion Limiter Kit is sold worldwide by Becker Orthopedic (Troy, Michigan USA). Contact Becker Orthopedic or your preferred O&P supplier to order the Tamarack Plantarflexion Limiter Kit.

About Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.

Based in Blaine, Minnesota, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. is a med-tech product development and manufacturing company specializing in ankle-foot biomechanics, custom wheelchair seating, and friction management technologies. Tamarack products are distributed worldwide in the O&P, complex rehab, and sports medicine markets.

For more information about Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, visit www.tamarackhti.com

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Contact:

Jason Pawelsky, Sales & Marketing Manager

Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.

Ph: 763-795-0057

jasonp@tamarackhti.com