Leverkusen, Germany - A new fitness machine for rehabilitation centres and fitness studios from French company Allcare Innovations, based in Chabeuil, has a base, frame and other parts made from polyurethane integral skin foam.
Allcare's founders, Gianfranco Tudico and Alain Bardon came up with the concept and the company developed the machine in cooperation with the Italian Caleidos Group. "For financial reasons, we decided against using thermoplastics at a very early stage - the quantities we were looking at would not have justified the investment required for injection moulding," said Gian Luca Guzzinati, technical director at Caleidos, in a Bayer MaterialScience statement.
But Caleidos found PU integral skin foam "ideal for this application. Being able to use aluminium moulds results in cost-effective production and also gives the machine the necessary robustness," said Guzzinati. Articles made from the rigid PU integral skin foam Baydur, from BaySystems Italia, had the appropriate strength and dimensional stability.
The Imoove's platform moves elliptically so the muscles and joints of a patient or keep-fit enthusiast must continually react for the user to stay balanced. It offers numerous exercises, demonstrated on a monitor by over 100 computer programs - to improve posture and mobility and strengthen muscles.
According to Allcare, "varying the platform's frequency, oscillation and inclination stimulates muscle tone and improves spinal mobility." The machine's frame consists of a column to which both the monitor and the distinctive metal arms that the person exercising holds onto are attached.
Italian company 2a.effe, based in Lissone, makes the PU parts for the Imoove by injecting the two polyurethane components into closed aluminium moulds.