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LEVO AG

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LEVO AG is a Swiss manufacturer of standing wheelchairs.

LEVO AG
Formerly
Valutec AG
Type
AG
ISIN🆔
IndustryRehabilitation
Founded 📆1971 as Valutec
Founder 👔Dr. Kurt H. Fischer
Headquarters 🏙️Wohlen AG, Switzerland
Area served 🗺️
Worldwide
Products 📟 Standing wheelchairs
Members
Number of employees
🌐 Websitewww.levo.ch
📇 Address
📞 telephone

History[edit]

In 1975 Valutec AG starts the first series production of a standing wheelchair anywhere in the world. Designed to relieve pressure sores and other conditions associated with patient inactivity in a seated position..[1], the first model (the F7) was a manual wheelchair with a battery-powered standing feature.In 2015, the firm

The firm has since become LEVO AG[2]

In 2002, the firm began Series production of the first motorized wheelchair combining mid-wheel drive and a standing function. In terms of manoeuvrability, a mid-wheel drive wheelchair has the advantage of being able to turn on the spot (the turning circle depends only on the wheelbase and the overhang)[3]. Unlike the previous manual standing wheelchairs, LEVO motorized wheelchairs are able to be driven from the standing position

In 2007, the firm began series production of the first four-wheel drive wheelchair with a standing function in the world. Modern variants of the C3 transfer to front-wheel drive when standing to ensure that the user turns about his or her centre axis even when standing.

LEVO C3 the first 4WD wheelchair with standing function, 2007

In 2015, the firm introduced the Summit, an active standing wheelchair. Due to the need to cope with a raised centre of gravity when the user is in a standing position, correctly regulated standing wheelchairs will always be bulkier than seated-only wheelchairs. The Summit attempts to rectify this by the use of lightweight materials while retaining a standing function for patient rehabilitation[4][5]

Production[edit]

The factory and company headquarters are co-located in Wohlen which is situated in the German-speaking canton of Aargau in Switzerland.

References[edit]

  1. Gerald G. Hirschberg, Gregory Bard & Katherine B. Robertson: "Technics of rehabilitation of hemiplegie patients". The American Journal of Medicine, Volume 35, Issue 4 , Pages 536-545, October 1963.
  2. The Swiss Commercial Register, Kanton of Aargau, Switzerland
  3. Anita D. Mountain, Lee Kirby, Gail A. Eskes, Cher Smith, Hilary Duncan, Donald A. MacLeod & Kara Thompson: "Ability of People With Stroke to Learn Powered Wheelchair Skills: A Pilot Study". Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Volume 91, Issue 4, Pages 596-601, April 2010.
  4. Julianna Arva, Ginny Paleg, Michelle Lange, Jenny Lieberman, Mark Schmeler, Brad Dicianno, Mike Babinec & Lauren Rosen: "RESNA Position on the Application of Wheelchair Standing Devices". Assistive Technology®, 21:161–168, 2009.
  5. Nitamarie Vorster, Kerry Evans, Nada Murphy, Maina Kavac, Anita Cairns, Damian Clarke, Monique M. Ryan, Aris Siafarikas, Peter W. Rowe, Stephanie Parkinson, Odette Gaynor, Linda Chiu, Janine Anderson, Klair Bayley, Peter Jacoby, Donna Cross & Jenny Downs: "Powered standing wheelchairs promote independence, health and community involvement in adolescents with Duchenne muscular dystrophy". Neuromuscular Disorders, Volume 29, Issue 3, Pages 221-230, March 2019.

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