01-09-2021

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (September 1, 2021) – Smooth rollover, efficient energy return and supporting a dynamic gait. The Taleo prosthetic feet family adapt flexibly to each user’s individual gait characteristics and various surfaces.

Today, we are happy to announce the introduction of Taleo Side Flex, developed for users who value a high degree of socket comfort on uneven surfaces.

The Taleo Side Flex together with existing solution Triton Side Flex set a new standard for mediolateral flexibility. Compared with conventional prosthetic feet, its Terrain Adaptation Unit (TAU) lets it adapt to slopes right after heel strike to an exceptional degree.

For the user, this mean reduced sideward tilting moments in the prosthetic socket or knee, fewer compensating movements and secure full-surface ground contact while walking and standing.

Taleo Side Flex is part of the 60 Day Satisfaction Guarantee on selected carbon feet, offered by Ottobock. Simply order the foot the regular way and if the user is satisfied: Keep walking on it.

Learn more about the Taleo Side Flex here .

About Ottobock
Ottobock develops “wearable human bionics” – medical technology products for people with limited mobility in the fields of Prosthetics, Orthotics and Human Mobility (wheelchairs). Founded in 1919, the company also treats patients in its Patient Care division. Our goal: Enhancing quality of life and health economic benefits. With its Paexo exoskeletons, Ottobock has also been applying its expertise in biomechanics to applications in manufacturing since 2012. Subsidiaries in almost 60 countries offer “Made in Germany” quality worldwide and employ more than 8000 people. Ottobock opened its doors in Scandinavia in 1967. The company’s international activities are coordinated from its head office in Duderstadt (Lower Saxony, Germany). Ottobock has been supporting the Paralympic Games with technical expertise since 1988.

25-08-2021

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (August 25, 2021) – The new Care Package for bebionic builds on Ottobock's already known scope of service and warranty packages. In addition, the Care package also covers accidental mechanical damage to the product caused by the user during proper use.

The Care package for bebionic hand also provide with reliable planning and cost transparency since it Includes long-term maintenance plan and an overview of the costs involved. Maintenance is free of charge during the warranty period with the care package.

Moreover, repairs are carried out quickly and easily without extensive administrative efforts. No cost proposals or permits need to be obtained.

When purchasing the Care Package, you can choose, as usual, between a warranty period of 3 or 5 years. The new scope also applies to extending the warranty from 3 to 5 years, which is possible within the first 36 months of purchasing the product.

Available for all bebionic hand warranty-service packages as of 01.09.2021. The Care package for bebionic (SP-8E7=*-CP) will replace the old service-warranty package (SP-8E7=*) for bebionic hand.

Learn more about the bebionic hand on the respective product page of each version:

About Ottobock

Ottobock develops “wearable human bionics” – medical technology products for people with limited mobility in the fields of Prosthetics, Orthotics and Human Mobility (wheelchairs). Founded in 1919, the company also treats patients in its Patient Care division. Our goal: Enhancing quality of life and health economic benefits. With its Paexo exoskeletons, Ottobock has also been applying its expertise in biomechanics to applications in manufacturing since 2012. Subsidiaries in almost 60 countries offer “Made in Germany” quality worldwide and employ more than 8000 people. Ottobock opened its doors in Scandinavia in 1967. The company’s international activities are coordinated from its head office in Duderstadt (Lower Saxony, Germany). Ottobock has been supporting the Paralympic Games with technical expertise since 1988.

18-08-2021

TOKYO, Japan (August 16, 2021) – Tomorrow, 17 August 2021, Ottobock will open the doors of its Technical Repair Service Center at the 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Athletes can have their equipment maintained and repaired there free of charge before and during competitions. Because wheelchairs, orthoses, prostheses and other devices will be subject to extreme stress during the games. At the Ottobock Technical Repair Service Center, around 100 technical experts from 24 countries will ensure professional repair and maintenance – regardless of athletes' nationality or the brand of their products.

""Our O&P professionals, wheelchair specialists and welders have a common goal: they create the technical conditions to ensure that Paralympians can concentrate fully on their performance and the competition," says Peter Franzel, Head of Global Events, Exhibitions & Sports at Ottobock. "Especially during the first days, before the Games open, the Technical Repair Service Center will be running at full speed. Our experts check whether all sports equipment still functions one hundred per cent after the long transport to Japan and get it ready for competition. Of course, they also take care of the athletes' everyday devices. Often things are like a pit stop here."

First aid for devices
Ottobock's technical team expects more than 2,000 repairs – 200 on peak days alone. No two repairs are alike: About 4,400 athletes will compete in 22 different sports using various individual devices. The services provided range from simply inflating a wheelchair tyre to complex repairs. For example, specialists will apply utmost precision to adjust a sports prosthesis to the individual requirements. They use laser measuring devices for this.

Fulfilling these tasks calls for special expertise and the ability to work under high pressure – and sometimes also a great talent for improvisation," says Peter Franzel. "The team works in shifts so that we can help the athletes day and night."

Ottobock has been a technical service partner at the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games since 1988. In addition to the main workshop in the Paralympic Village, the company is setting up 14 smaller repair and service centres at the competition venues for "first aid" on-site. We also have a fully equipped mobile Technical Repair Service Center.

Facts and figures

  • 700 square metres of space in the main workshop for repairs, maintenance and service
  • 106-strong technical service team made up of members from 24 countries
  • 22 languages spoken
  • 18 tonnes of equipment and machinery, e.g. socket routers, band saws, infrared heating furnace, pillar drilling machines and welding equipment
  • 17,300 spare parts, ranging from screws to prosthetic knee joints to wheelchairs
  • 2,000 expected repairs, up to 200 per day
  • Open 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. with 24-hour emergency hotline
  • Total of 23 days service

Invitation to virtual Technical Repair Service Center tours
Ottobock is inviting journalists to a virtual visit to the Technical Repair Service Center. Peter Franzel and his team in Tokyo will be giving an online tour of the rooms, show current repairs and convey a workshop atmosphere.

Please register for one of the following dates via press@ottobock.com:

  • Wednesday, 25 August 2021, at 11 a.m. / CEST (in German)
  • Monday, 30 August 2021, at 11 am / CEST (in English)
  • Thursday, 2 September, at 12 noon / CEST (in German)

The dial-in data will be sent to you in advance. For questions and interview requests, please contact Merle Florstedt and Gesa Liss (see contact details below).

Merle Florstedt
Head of Corporate Communications Europe & Company Spokesperson
Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA
T +4955278481771 | M +4915144161625
merle.florstedt@ottobock.de

Gesa Liss
Public Relations Manager
Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA
T +49 30 398 206 223 | M +49 151 4416 1837
gesa.liss@ottobock.de

About Ottobock
Ottobock develops “wearable human bionics” – medical technology products for people with limited mobility in the fields of Prosthetics, Orthotics and Human Mobility (wheelchairs). Founded in 1919, the company also treats patients in its Patient Care division. Our goal: Enhancing quality of life and health economic benefits. With its Paexo exoskeletons, Ottobock has also been applying its expertise in biomechanics to applications in manufacturing since 2012. Subsidiaries in almost 60 countries offer “Made in Germany” quality worldwide and employ more than 8000 people. Ottobock opened its doors in Scandinavia in 1967. The company’s international activities are coordinated from its head office in Duderstadt (Lower Saxony, Germany). Ottobock has been supporting the Paralympic Games with technical expertise since 1988.

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