LOC Manufacturing is a wholly-owned subsidiary company of the London Orthotic Consultancy.
Since we opened in 2005 LOC has considerably expanded its in-house manufacturing capabilities and capacity. Over the years we have recruited a group of technicians who are both highly skilled and very experienced; we are now also bringing on our own younger recruits; each member of staff has a specific specialised skill that contributes to the quality of bespoke orthotics that are produced.
Because our manufacturing unit is on-site at our headquarters clinic in Kingston upon Thames we can offer patients many benefits. Our orthotists and technicians work closely together to produce the highest quality bespoke orthotics in the UK. We do not have to rely on outside suppliers, so we are able to exercise exacting quality control and produce even complex orthotics considerably faster – in some cases within 48 hours. The partnership of orthotist and technician means that quite subtle design requirements can be incorporated into each orthosis we produce. This can make all the difference in terms of fit and comfort and optimises the effect of the original orthotic prescription. Even at the fitting stage, we can fine-tune our orthotics quickly and easily.
Our manufacturing specialisms uphold the best traditions of craftsmanship in metalwork and leatherwork, as well as insoles, plaster and carbon fibre work.
We are also constantly innovating for the benefit of our patients, with new cutting-edge technology to aid both design and manufacture including:
In 2020, LOC welcomed a new team member – Victor the robot! Victor, manufactured by Rodin4D, is a seven-axis CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling machine that can precisely mill orthoses (orthotic/prosthetic moulds) in any direction and across any plane.
For the first time, we can design, model and manufacture trickier and unusual ergonomic orthotic (body) shapes onsite at our clinic in Kingston-upon-Thames. LOC is only the second location in the UK to have a robot with Victor’s capabilities.
Victor is also speeding up our LOCband design work. We already manufacture cranial remoulding helmets on site. Using Victor, though, we can scan the baby’s head and have a LOCband fitted the following day.
We are developing some exciting new products at LOC that harness state-of-the-art design benefits thanks to additive manufacturing (3D printing). Our in-house design team have developed the all-new LOCband Lite based upon HP's Multijet Fusion technology (MJF). The new 3D printed cranial helmet features a lightweight design thanks to the thinner wall thickness and vented meshes. This has a number of tangible benefits for our patients: much more cooling due to greater heat dissipation and reduced neck strain (torticollis) due to a lightweight design.
We use transfers for all draped plastic orthoses manufactured at LOC. This could range from Gensingen Braces to Ankle Foot Orthoses and LOCbands. For more information and to understand how to select your preferred colour or transfer, please follow the link below.
LOC opened its Video Vector Gait Laboratory in 2015, at its headquarters clinic in Kingston-upon-Thames. Sophisticated cameras that synchronise with a force measurement plate set within the floor allow our trained orthotists to analyse your gait by measuring force as 3 components allowing a graphical representation of the force to be projected onto an image from the camera.
In the gait lab we diagnose patient conditions as well as test and fit our bespoke orthotics, manufactured on-site in our workshop.
Since opening in 2005, LOC has considerably expanded its own manufacturing capabilities. We now manufacture the majority of the bespoke orthotics we fit ourselves. Our staff are fully qualified and highly-skilled technicians who have a vast amount of experience in the field of orthotics.
Where possible we provide orthotic treatments for specific conditions that are backed by published and peer-reviewed evidence.
Our team of experienced and highly qualified clinicians combine professionalism with a very high level of personal clinical care for their patients.
LOC manufactures the majority of the orthotics it fits itself. We do not have to rely on outside suppliers, so we are able to exercise exacting quality control.
We provide objective measurements pre and post-treatment to provide evidence of the successful outcome of the treatment provided.
Through bracing treatment with the dynamic chest compressor, Jack has achieved 90% correction in his pectus carinatum after only two months. Here, mum describes Jack's non-surgical treatment journey.
Baby Iyad's plagiocephaly was classed as 'severe' yet was treated in just 3 months of wearing the LOCband Lite helmet.
Baby Tal's mother explains why she insisted on getting the Cunningham Brace to treat her son’s club foot
A mother of one of our patients shares her perspective on what it's like being a parent to a child with spina bifida.
Just over two years since the LOCband Lite's launch, we’ve successfully treated our 500th helmet therapy patient, Billy, with our innovative 3D-printed cranial band.
In recognition of the national National Foot Drop Awareness Day, we share some facts about this condition as well as case histories of patients who are currently using orthotics to help treat it.
New bespoke AFOs help get Grace, who has cerebral palsy, out of her wheelchair and back walking again.
Baby Ada’s severe brachycephaly improves thanks to LOC’s cranial remoulding helmet therapy.