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9th January 2018, Bönnigheim

Device tests compression garments during movement

To deliver increased information of greater accuracy regarding the compression of textiles for various functions, Hohenstein Group has developed the next generation of its compression testing device, HOSYcan.

HOSYcan is said to allow for accurate compression measurements during movement and measures the interaction between different materials. Combined with data from 3D scanning, simulated movement profiles provide increased accuracy for specific applications.

At the Outdoor Retailer show, interested parties have the chance learn the range of uses and versatile applications of the new HOSYcan device. © Hohenstein Group

Testing compression garments

Compression garments constitute a high-growth technology in the sport, leisure and medical sectors, performing different functions depending on the application. Compression garments generally come with a defined level of compression. Until now, however, these values were inaccurate when measuring compression levels during movement, the Group reports. What’s more, interaction between different materials has unpredictable effects on compression. With the further development of the HOSYcan, the Hohenstein Group says it is the only provider of a solution with objective measurement values, as well as analysis for compression garment product development.

The new HOSYcan testing device for measuring the compression effect of textiles. © Hohenstein Group

“Compression garments are so challenging that the various influences on the level of compression are often not clearly or precisely measurable,” said Florian Girmond, Hohenstein Group Director Consumer Tests. “HOSYcan lets us simulate movement sequences for the first time. In doing so, the actual pressure on different parts of the body can be determined even in extreme situations.”

The device, which can measure circumferences of up to 150 cm, can be individually adjusted and programmed. Body measurements compiled at Hohenstein using cutting-edge 3D scanner technology can be used as a base data set in customising movement profiles.


With HOSYcan, the interaction between individual materials in compression garments can be tested and analysed both in static and dynamic conditions. In this way, HOSYcan delivers important performance data in relation to the desired product properties. The simulation of both dynamic and static testing scenarios, as well as a combination of the two, is achieved without difficulty, allowing testing situations very close to the practical application.

The database software features a modern user interface, enabling more efficient order processing. © Hohenstein Group

The new compression testing device is also said to enable product development to be carried out in an improved, application-specific way in terms of material selection and product design. The modification of individual components can be extensively and individually tested. The whole HOSYcan package can shorten development time with innovative comparison and visualisation techniques, according to the manufacturer.

Modern interface

The database software features a modern user and reporting interface, which provides diverse parameter variations, filter functions and duplicating functions, enabling more efficient order processing. The measurement results are reported in the form of statistics and graphics and then made available to the customer.

At the Outdoor Retailer show, which takes place later this month in Denver, CO, interested parties have the chance learn the range of uses and versatile applications of the new HOSYcan device.


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