BASF's lightweight and durable materials enable product mobility, increase comfort and extend service life, while creating a stylish look for wheelchairs
BASF, together with wheelchair manufacturers and industrial design institutes, has created automatic signal functions for the
concept smartphone application to enhance product safety
BASF's 2019 International Rubber Exhibition at CHINAPLAS: China Import and Export Trade Fair Pavilion (Guangzhou, China), exhibition Bit 11.2A41, Date: May 21-24
Guangzhou, China - April 11, 2019 - BASF will present for the first time a prototype of a concept wheelchair, the "Ren Chair" created in cooperation with Wheel-Line Ltd. and REHTO Design. The product was developed by wheelchair users during the design and development phase, and its bold design and use of BASF's high-performance materials meet the needs of wheelchair users for safer and more accessible use.
this concept wheelchair combines material innovation with an advanced design system available to enable users and caregivers to enjoy more functionality and freedom of use
. Dong Ok Kum, Chief Executive Officer of Wheel-Line, said: "We note the strong demand in the Chinese market for lightweight, durable and stylish wheelchairs, and BASF offers us the perfect solution to help us achieve our vision of lightweight wheelchairs without sacrificing functionality and design. "
performance of lightweight plastics
ChairRen's lightweight materials provide more convenience and comfort for users and caregivers. Lighter wheelchairs mean increased mobility while reducing the risk of injury to caregivers. Dual-density seats made from BASF's Elastoflex
W elastic foam polyurethane system (PU) provide better comfort thanks to the material's high elasticity and compressibleness. In addition, the artificial leather used in the seat case
Elastollan thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), which is delicate and easy to clean.
New Digital Tools and Durable Materials for Safety
A smartphone app connected to Ren Chair's sensors and connectors detects wheelchair movement and controls the signal lights on the back of the wheelchair, navigating users to barrier-free facilities. The sensors and connectors are made of BASF Ultramid
Polyamide (PA) and Ultradur
PBT (Polyphthalate butyl glycol) materials, which are robust and resistant to damage, improving safety in use.
high-performance material innovations provide Ren Chair with outstanding mechanical properties including high strength, wear resistance and chemical resistance. For example, seat backrests made of Elastollan
thermoplastic polyurethane wire provide high strength and durability for long-term use for increased comfort and required body support.
multifunction materials provide design freedom for complex geometry
because BASF materials allow molding or 3D printing into complex shapes, material innovation also makes design more free. In addition, high-performance materials such as TPU, E-TPU, PU and engineering plastics are easier to process than conventional materials, making them more stylish designs with coloring and decoration without compromising their performance. For example, Elastoflex W has good fluidity and can therefore be designed to be any complex geometry.
wheels and caster shells for wheelchairs were developed using Ultrasim, BASF's proprietary
tool. The tool accurately calculates the anthogeneous heterogeneous behavior of material solutions to optimize production and minimize development costs.
, CEO of REHTO Design, said: "BASF's material solutions, as well as its technology and simulation technology, enable Ren Chair's design and functionality. The flexibility of state-of-the-art materials opens up room for innovation in the development and design of Ren Chair. Tony Jones, Asia Pacific Industrial Business Director,
BASF's Characteristic Materials Division, said: "Ren Chair's design was driven by the Creative Center
Innovation Center, a connected platform for BASF to build a team of designers and inspire and inspire them to use BASF material innovation to bring ideas to life. Together with our partners, we have designed a prototype concept wheelchair that has a new look and feel that meets the user's needs for an independent, barrier-free daily life.
ren Chair's other conceptual material solutions will also be on display at CHINAPLAS 2019, including:
Due to its enhanced optics, the unique taillight design on the back of the Ren Chair features BASF's Ultramid Vision Polyamide (PA) material.
wheelchair spokes use BASF's Ultramid Structure LFX for high stiffness and strength, as well as higher fatigue resistance.
body frame uses BASF's Ultramid SI surface polyamide material to provide a high-quality look and feel while creating high strength, rigidity and impact resistance.
handrail lamps feature BASF's Elastollan for excellent wear resistance and transparency.
cast polyurethane with BASF's Elasturan
, and the caster housing uses Ultramid polyamide to enhance dynamic resistance and mechanical loads.
foaming thermoplastic polyurethane particle material used in these tires provides excellent cushioning for overall rides.
the release shafts use Ultraform® polyformaldehyde for high bending fatigue strength and good sliding friction.
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