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A special look behind the scenes
In the best cases it is like this: You go to the treating specialist, get the prescriptions for the supplies, go to the medical supply store and have the fresh compressions made with the new dimensions. But have you ever asked yourself why the production takes so much time, how the seams are made and why the restorations have their price? We were invited by Medi to take a look behind the scenes, to give first-hand feedback and to dare to do the filigree work ourselves. And I'll say one thing in advance: We all had a lot of fun!
With her fresh and warm manner, Medi took away any excitement when I visited the plant in Bayreuth. Their trend awareness through different colors and patterns and their openness to suggestions for improvement showed me that they are very interested in the well-being of their customers. The production of a single compression stocking also fascinated me and showed me how much work and complexity there is in it, which one is not aware of at first glance. Like those who wear them, each stocking is unique.
The visit to Medi was a time that I will remember for a long time. We were so warmly welcomed and welcomed immediately, as if we'd always been one of them. I was particularly impressed by how much value was placed on our opinions and the exchange with us. You can see that Medi tries to respond to the needs of customers and to keep developing. You can tell from the way the compression garments are made. I was also fascinated to see how much detailed work and development went into it.
From measure to stocking
You probably think that in today's modern times everything is possibly made with automated machines. But there are still processes that still have to be handmade. So also our compression stockings.
After your medical supply store has taken the measurements, they are sent to Medi, given an order number (you can find this on the label of your compression) and first knitted flat in white by an employee and a program with a machine. Then trained tailors sew the flat “blanks” together to create the final shape. This is still conceivable from the work process with tights. However, with the gloves I simply couldn't stop being amazed.
Each glove is made up of the flat knitted piece and the additional strips for the sides of the fingers. Above you can see in the picture Tanja at the round sewing machine, how she tries on this filigree work. Absolute instinct is required here, and I was amazed at the skill with which the seamstress worked on the seams in no time. After all the pieces have attained their final shape, they are dyed in huge washing machines. Depending on the intensity, this process takes longer because the thread naturally needs some time to absorb the color so strongly. Dried, ironed and packed after the final check, the supplies will then be sent to you.
The visit to Medi really overwhelmed me and was very interesting. I had imagined the production of compression goods to be much “easier”. Also, I wasn't even aware of how many hands compression pants go through before they're done. Incredible!
With passion and knowledge
The production of bottle knit compression is just one of many areas that Medi serves. And no matter which station we were allowed to take a look, we were warmly welcomed by everyone everywhere. (Employees even wrote to us via Facebook that they were happy about the meeting. 🙂) Not only the workforce at the plant, but also the phlebology department was grateful for our feedback and all of us in a Q&A session Community questions answered, which we would like to summarize separately for you in a separate article.
Since our visit to Medi, I have known that so much passion and knowledge go into compression that you can see it with completely different eyes. A high-quality product that is made by hand is seen and worn very differently and I would be very proud to wear it. We were welcomed there with so much hospitality and love. You can tell that the company is a small, large family that values every employee and is proud of what they produce. We got to know really great people. There should be such companies more often - a big compliment at this point!
Medi has been my constant companion since my diagnosis. But even after many years in compression stockings, I was completely surprised by our visit to Bayreuth. You can't even imagine how much effort, research and, above all, manual work goes into our supplies. All of this made me feel very humble, because I was now able to see for myself that every single employee goes to great lengths to produce a well-made product in the end. I hope that our visit and our testimonials about it can give other edema sufferers a similar impression and awaken a more understanding of the process.
Anja was unfortunately unable to take part on the weekend, but of course was there in our hearts and minds every step of the way.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the uniquely wonderful time and, above all, for the open and honest discussions and hope that this report will give you a picture of the manufacturing process of our most loyal companions, the compression supply. Just follow Medi on Facebook and maybe the next factory tour will be offered there soon. You will not regret it! Here it goes to Facebook-Seite.