Let the testing prove your point.

The market for compression textiles is growing and Hohenstein has decades of experience as a pioneer in testing compression - for medical and performance applications. Textiles used in healthcare must meet extremely high standards.

Hohenstein testing provides professional and neutral proof of the effectiveness of medical compression products and certification according to RAL-GZ 387, parts 1 and 2, or DIN 58133.

We measure the pressure of compression devices with our specially developed HOSYcan testing device to measure the pressure intensity and compression profile, compare materials and designs and analyze recovery rate.

What we test.

Pressure profile depends on application

We check the pressure profile (gradually decreasing, increasing or constant) of a textile for specific body parts depending on the desired effect.


The entire length of an object up to 100 cm long and 12 - 150 cm in almost any shape can be tested.

All types of compression products

  • Medical compression arm bandages with hosiery systems
  • Bandages for ankles, knees, elbows and wrists
  • Devices for treatment of venous and lymphatic illnesses (varicose veins, chronic vein insufficiency, ulcus cruris)
  • Anti-thrombosis socks
  • Compression stockings and travel socks
  • Shapewear, sportswear and socks

How we test.

HOSY = HOhenstein SYstem

Hohenstein developed the HOSY testing device in the 80s to non-destructively stretch a textile or garment and graph the pressure exerted by the textile over the entire sample length.

The latest HOSYcan (Hohenstein system + CAN bus technology) also measures the recovery rate and compression after customizable periods of stretch and can evaluate the compression effect in motion when integrated with 3D/4D scanning.

Flexible testing for precise measurements.

Certify and label.

The Hohenstein Quality Label extends our credibility to retailers, brands and suppliers for easy recognition of high quality products and verification of product claims.

As an authorized testing laboratory for the German Certification Association for Medical Compression Hosiery, we offer testing and certification according to RAL-GZ 387/1 or 387/2. 

Compression and fit go hand in hand.

Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Institute America