In June 2005, after several years of performing, we performed laxity tests with the KT-1000, an arthrometer of international renown, it quickly became apparent to us, as to many other authors, that the results obtained with this system depend upon the conditions in which tests are performed. So we concidered creating a new measurement system.
Firstly, we contacted the Réaumur technical high school in Laval, then an engineering school specializing in computer science and electronics (ESIEA) via Jean-Louis Dautin, a research director at the school. These partners helped us develop the idea and create a prototype. In June 2006, a group of students from ESIEA worked on the electronics of the prototype, while other companies helped us improve the mechanics of the system.
In September 2006, Sébastien Gageot and Pierre Lefas, both teachers at ESIEA, finalized the system’s electronic card, thus putting the finishing touches to the work started by the student team.
More than 700 comparative tests on the prototype and the KT-1000 were performed on numerous students.
Two patent applications were submitted to the INPI (French Patent Office) and (n° 06/08725 and n° 06/08726). And a request for extension via the PCT.
After validating the prototype we developed some pilot models in 2007. Currently we are at the point of industrializing the product…
Available for sale : early 2008
Today,more than 50 machines are in used throughout the world.