Toward Normalization in Society
Prosthetic knee joints, which are used by people who have lost their legs due to illness or accidents, have an enormous impact on a recipient’s independence, mobility and social participation.
Owing to a shortage of caregivers, it is expected that people in need of care will be supported by welfare equipment to become independent and lead their lives in their own way. For all people to lead vibrant lives as active participants in society, it is indeed necessary to foster “normalization.”
Nabtesco became the first in the world to develop a microprocessor-controlled intelligent prosthetic knee joint as mobility support equipment. The microprocessor detects the user’s walking speed, adjusts the pneumatic cylinder, and automatically controls the swing speed of the knee joint to help the person walk comfortably and naturally.
Social Value Provided by the Business
- Our technology that supports prosthetic knee joint users in going out and walking helps to reduce burden on them, thereby contributing to increasing their social participation.
- We contribute to normalization.
4-Bar Microprocessor-controlled Knee ALLUX
This is the world’s first knee joint made by combining a hydraulic electronic control system with a four-link mechanism. Its sensor and microprocessor instantly check the situation for automatic control of the hydraulic cylinder, which functions to change the swing speed of the knee joint according to the walking speed of the user and to prevent sudden falls.
Wheel Unit for Rollators with a Speed Control Braking System
The world’s first wheel unit for rollators has a built-in automatic braking system that functions when the speed of the rollator exceeds a certain limit, thereby ensuring its safety. This unit enables even those with concerns about rollators due to the risk of excess speed and falls to go out with rollators safely and with peace of mind.