Myrdal Orthopedic Technologies (MOT) enjoys a well-deserved recognition with the Canadian orthopedics and prosthetics industry (O&P) as a reliable supplier of components, tools, wear parts and services for many clinics throughout Canada.
Currently, MOT sells and applies basalt fiber based composites in its range: tubular braid, unidirectional tape and fabric. There is even a basalt braid with shiny Lurex® threads to give a pleasingly better look to the final product.
The company also offers hybrid braids and tapes made of basalt and flax fibers as an option to achieve uncompromising quality and high ecological compatibility of the components.
MOT experts say that high-quality basalt fiber is derived from volcanic rock, making it an eco-friendly and organic product with flexibility indices between glass and carbon fiber, so it is a useful and interesting alternative to conventional materials.
Owing to its properties, basalt fiber is safer to use, much easier to process than glass, carbon and aramid fibers, is compatible with all types of binders and other fibers, lightweight, non-toxic and, with that, strong, durable and cost-effective.
It is also interesting to have a look at the experimental test results on comparing the properties of carbon and basalt fiber based composites. According to this test, basalt composites showed significantly better strength indices both for bending and breaking.
We have informed our audience that Coyote Design from the US specializing in O&P, also uses basalt fiber. This manufacturer makes woven braid, fabric and rope from its own basalt composite using these materials in further production.