Although in years past only the wealthy could afford to invest in a really comfortable and attractive looking wheelchairs, today this is no longer the case. The days of minimal specification products are thankfully long gone now, and consequently most people who use a wheelchair - either on a permanent or temporary basis - will likely find that there is now a very healthy selection of companies throughout the whole of the UK who normally succeed in getting the balance between desirable features and realistic cost just right.
Advances Over the Previous Decade
So called lightweighting is an aspect of modern wheelchair creation which is predominantly a very positive move. The apparent problem with this design feature is that if the chair has an overall weight that is too minimal, it does not provide a counterweight that is sufficient to keep it in an upright position if in an accident; or even just an innocent collision with another person.
However, it goes without saying that much in the same way as cars and other vehicles, the less a wheelchair weighs the quicker it will move. In close addition to this, a more lightweight design means less of a drain is exerted on the batteries; and as far as technology has come in the world of even the utmost expensive wheelchairs, the necessity of repeated re-charging is something that is an overbearing annoyance to almost every single user.
Aside from the overall weight of a specific chair, one of the other most pivotal steps forward at the more costly end of the market is the addition of drum brakes to wheelchairs, as opposed to the more readily accepted and cheaper standard types. Drum brakes were previously only used in the capacity of a parking brake on most items, but some of the more high specification models from the greater calibre of British suppliers are now finding these additions being incorporated into them for general safety purposes.
Secure Access for New Wheelchairs
An obvious yet sometimes overlooked feature which absolutely any new wheelchair looking to penetrate the lucrative UK market must staunchly adhere to is that of undiluted care and attention to how easily a user can move their chosen product; not only within their own home, but also through public places such as shops, pubs and doctors surgeries too.
Whereas there are default specifications that any half decent manufacturer would surely use as an inflexible guideline, not all houses, flats and commercial buildings nowadays are constructed all that diligently. Building companies normally have their onus on elevating profit levels as opposed to developing a supreme end product; and therefore it is very reassuring to learn that most contemporary wheelchair firms are taking firm note of this.
In comparison to how things used to be not so long ago, today many new and established businesses are at last starting to develop their products accordingly.
The Concise Trekinetic Brand Story
One of the most exhilarating homegrown success stories in the wheelchair development sector over the past few years is certainly that of Trekinetic. The technology which they incorporate into all of their top-end products stems from their transitional period in 2000 and 2001, after the company had invested heavily in a cutting edge numerically controlled vertical centre.
This is a highly sophisticated type of tool, which can produce complex parts on an automated basis when fed appropriate data via computer aided design images. Company head Mr Spindle had unfortunately hit a rut, since by the early 2000's much of the British car industry was being decimated by the insistence of UK firms to source their material from overseas. In order that he could keep his plant running at an adequate rate, Spindle made the abrupt move into wheelchair manufacture; and subsequently, one of the most advanced developers in Great Britain was born.
As technology moves forward - not just specifically within the boundaries of wheelchairs themselves, but in an overall capacity as well - there really is an absolutely monumental amount of potential to create outstanding products in this area.