Chattanooga-based Fillauer distributes new prosthetic hand

Chattanooga-based Fillauer distributes new prosthetic hand

January 12th, 2018 by Dave Flessner in Business Around the Region

Taska Prosthetics Limited displays its patented TASKA hand, which features 23 grip patterns with flexible compliant fingers.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Taska Prosthetics Limited displays its patented TASKA hand, which features 23 grip patterns with flexible compliant fingers.

Taska Prosthetics Limited displays its patented TASKA hand,...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

A division of Fillauer Companies Inc. is the exclusive distributor for a new water resistant, multi-articulating prosthetic hand.

The Chattanooga-based prosthetic manufacturer will use its Motion Control subsidiary business in Salt Lake City to assemble and distribute the new prosthetic hand, patented as the TASKA hand.

Taska Prosthetics Limited, a New Zealand-based developer of the patented TASKA hand, agreed to have Fillauer's Motion Control division also service the TASKA hand, which features 23 grip patterns with flexible compliant fingers.

"Our focus has been to find a distributor for our product in the United States who has a long history in upper limb support," said Craig Martell, Taska Prosthetics' commercial manager. "We're excited to enter into this arrangement, which we see as a longterm partnership."

Taska Prosthetics Limited displays its patented TASKA hand, which features 23 grip patterns with flexible compliant fingers.

Taska Prosthetics Limited displays its patented TASKA hand,...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The prosthetic hand features high speed thumb rotation and an integrated flexion wrist to provide natural, fluid grasp, more like a human hand.

Michael Fillauer, president and CEO of Fillauer, said the Chattanooga firm is "excited to enter into this partnership" with Taska Prosthetics.

"Fillauer is the global leader in the design and manufacturing of heavy-duty, water resistant myoelectric hooks that amputees can use for their daily tasks, making TASKA the ideal addition to our product line," he said.

Fillauer Companies Inc., headquartered in Chattanooga since 1914, is a leader in the evolution, design, and technology of orthotic and prosthetic products and services.

Amy Neely, marketing manager for Fillauer, said the company has traditionally manufactured its own devices.

But Neely said the TASKA hand "is a technology that we hadn't fully realized but knew the critical need it has with patients."