Most cushions and support surfaces address the microclimate through the cover material. But research has proven this to be ineffective in controlling heat and humidity. By adding one of Spex’s unique outer breathable ‘pocket’ cover with Supracor sheeting overlay means each cell of ‘honeycomb’ is perforated to allow air to flow both vertically and horizontally, keeping the body temperature from rising and preventing humidity.
A soft, flexible form of aerospace honeycomb that has “memory,” Stimulite is lightweight and distributes weight uniformly across its surface. Its cellular matrix consists of alternating thick- and thin walled cells that flex when compressed to relieve pressure. When sitting on the Supracor surface, the compressed cells radiate outwards to surround and support the anatomy, self-adjusting to each individual while providing excellent stability.
A unique ventilation system made up of tiny perforations in the cell walls allows air to circulate both horizontally and vertically, creating an ideal microclimate for long-term sitting comfort.
Features of adding Supracor Honeycomb to Spex Seating covers:
- Enhanced ventilation to control heat and moisture
- Prevent pressure sores
- Reduced shearing
- Long-term sitting comfort
- Stimulates capillary action, keeping oxygenated blood in tissues
Skin maceration is softening of the skin as a result of continual exposure to heat and bodily fluids or moisture. Severely softened or macerated skin is less tolerant of pressure and can lead to breakdown.
Stimulite honeycomb is perforated, enabling air to circulate and moisture to evaporate which helps maintain skin integrity and keep the body at ambient temperature. The Stimulite insert is machine washable and dryer safe, making it easy to maintain good skin hygiene.
Pressure Relief plus Positioning
Honeycomb's cellular structure provides uniform load distribution and extraordinary comfort. Stimulite honeycomb relieves pressure by distributing it away from hot spots. As a result, bony protuberances "feel" the same pressure as the surrounding anatomy. The honeycomb cells conform to body shape, and distribute weight over a much wider area than conventional products comprised of foam, gel and air.
Additionally, Stimulite honeycomb stabilizes any position due to the axial buttressing of the honeycomb cell walls perpendicular to the anatomy. As an added health benefit, the honeycomb cells flex and compress with movement, stimulating blood flow to enhance circulation.
Shear Force Reduction
The horizontal stiffness of a material determines both its shear resistance and stability. Too much stiffness increases shear forces, while too little decreases stability. Stimulite honeycomb minimizes shearing without sacrificing stability.
The honeycomb cells align themselves axially to the body, flex with movement to reduce shear forces against the skin and then instantaneously resume their original shape.