INVACARE INTRODUCES NEXT GENERATION OF ELECTRONICS AND CONSUMER
DESIGN IN NEW ACTION(TM) POWER WHEELCHAIR LINE
ATLANTA, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Invacare Corporation (NASDAQ/NMS: IVCR) will unveil the total makeover of its power wheelchair line on Nov. 14, at the National Home Health Care Exposition. In its ongoing effort to provide people who use wheelchairs with opportunities to take more control over their lives, Invacare introduces Action(TM) Power, a new line of power chairs boasting updated styling and more hands-on control than ever before.
"Invacare has long been known as the leader for reliability, durability and flexibility in power chair electronics and motors," said Hymie Pogir, Invacare's vice president of marketing for rehabilitative products. "This year, we felt it was time to advance the market to its next generation in both electronics and design. We've updated the Arrow, the XT, the Ranger II and the Ranger X, all well-known, well-respected performers."
Pogir continued, "Our new Action Power chairs open up a whole new level of independence for people who use motorized wheelchairs. Now, consumers can genuinely reduce their level of dependence on others, take matters under their own control, and customize the performance and look of their chairs to their liking."
In addition to the vast advances made in electronics, the new Action Power line has been designed to be as visually pleasing as it is functional, bringing together in one package, the look, the feel and the styling demanded by today's generation. Sleek contours, advanced ergonomic design, the first tapered swingaway front ends, tactile control knobs, convenient side pockets, and an expanded selection of color packages and designer accents truly complete the package.
At the heart of the new line is its revolutionary electronics, including Action Power's Easy Remote Programmer(TM) (ERP), a palm-sized, hand-held remote control keypad designed to adjust chair performance at the touch of a button. Requiring only limited dexterity to operate and with very light finger pressure, an individual can scroll through a menu of up to 11 pre-set control programs, make adjustments to more than two dozens aspects of chair performance, or read and respond to one of 30 self-diagnostic codes. The ERP is the industry's first remote control device for power wheelchairs and is available for every member of the Action Power family, from the economy models to the top-of-the-line.
Making all that possible is the digital switching and solid-state electronics of Action Power's new micro-computer control system. Easily plugged into that system is the Action MKIII, the first printer for use with power wheelchair electronics. At only one-and-a-half pounds, its instant thermal printouts of performance settings act as a double-check for individuals using powerchairs, as historical logs for therapists and as trouble-shooting guides for dealer service technicians.
With 1990 sales of $230 million, Invacare manufactures and distributes home healthcare and extended care equipment such as power and manual wheelchairs, respiratory equipment, hospital-type beds for the home, patient aids and three-wheel motorized scooters. Invacare is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio and has additional manufacturing locations in Ohio, Florida, California, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain and Germany.
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