October 5, 2020
“When the world shut down, we looked for ways to help our fellow health care workers.”
Ian Engelman is as intelligent and proactive in his industry as he is kind. He owns Insightful Products in Scarborough, a company that believes in solving problems with innovative design. The business serves podiatrists and patients around the country. Clinicians send casts of their patients’ feet to Insightful Products, who then design foot and ankle braces for the podiatrists patients.
Rather than being pulled down by the deluge of uncertainty, Ian was determined to find a solution that would keep his product development going. “At first everything was slowed down and really delayed,” Ian said, “but I knew I could source plastic and other materials since we are custom manufacturers.” For the initial crisis period, Insightful Products shut its normal designing and manufacturing to prioritize face shield production. Insightful Products came up with a design for a face shield that was durable and rugged. He and his team were able to produce over 400 face shields to provide to the community, which helped to alleviate the immediate need of limited PPE.
“We’ve gotten back to where we were,” Ian said, “and in the meantime we’re proud to have developed a new foot orthotic. We have in mind the goal that every practitioner and every patient who uses our orthopedic solutions finds comfort and stability while ambulating. I’ve been working on something that’s a significant advance forward in the understanding of orthotic treatment through reproducible scanning techniques and quantifiable correction.”
Ian is confident that the work he was able to fit in during the down times will be beneficial to human feet throughout the United States and Canada.
Thank you, Ian, and Insightful Products, for being the #HeartAndSoulOfTheCommunity