Darlington manufactures a wide range of warp-knit styles including hook receptive fabrics; customized finishing technologies for added patient comfort. Our blends of nylon/spandex and poly/spandex provide support with comfort for post-surgical compression garments and orthopedic braces. Customized finishes include anti-odor, moisture-wicking and soil release.
Providing the optimal combination of fibers and finishes is critical for successful patient outcomes. Darlington offers a full range of performance finishes from moisture-wicking to anti-odor to soil release.
Darlington stretch warp-knits are the critical factor in compression garments that provide comfort, support and stability for patients. Engineered into your products, our fabrics can increase blood flow, reduce swelling, relieve pain and provide gentle support.
We turn nylon, polyester and spandex into a competitive advantage. Darlington helps you determine your specific performance, wear, stretch and washing requirements; then matches our products and capabilities to your specifications.
Fabric performance features often come down to the knit construction. Since warp-knits have no natural stretch, Darlington builds in exacting elasticity and control by incorporating various deniers of spandex into the finished fabric.
The Challenge – A client asked us to develop a laminate product to be used in a lymphedema post-surgical wrap. Exact compression characteristics with no bowing affect when stretched were required. This was critical to avoid post-surgical infections due to the lack of proper blood flow around the incision.
The Action – Darlington developed various UBL (UnBroken Loop) products using higher denier spandex and a tricot with matching specifications.
The Solution – A higher denier spandex UBL and a tricot was proven so successful that another laminate using a different denier spandex in a UBL construction, along with sueded tricot, was added to the product line.
The Challenge – Our client applied their patented gel to a stretch UBL fabric worn as a prosthetic sock. The bond between the UBL and gel was not adequate, causing instability between the sock and the prosthesis.
The Action – Working with the client we experimented with stretch UBLs that had a higher loft on the back side of the fabric.
The Solution – We developed a stretch UBL that is napped on both sides. By raising fibers on the back side, the bonding of the gel application improved by 40%, resulting in superior stabilization in the end product.