Corporate History

Motion Lab Systems Inc., is wholly owned and controlled by Edmund Cramp and Carolyn Maher who have extensive experience with Biomechnics and Motion Analysis laboratories throughout the United States. We are independent and have no connection or ownership affiliation with any Motion Capture system supplier.

Motion Lab Systems has a reputation for supplying reliable, first class products to biomechanics labs throughout the world. We have over twenty two years of experience in the design, configuration and installation of Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratories and can provide consultation and design assistance to anyone planning a Gait or Motion Laboratory.

1987

Motion Lab Systems was started in 1987, in Tampa, Florida by Edmund Cramp, who was also the President of Oxford Metrics, Inc at that time. The aim was simple - build a better EMG system - the need was obvious as Oxford Metrics Inc was selling a third-party telemetry EMG system at that time which was unreliable and produced poor quality data. At that time the only EMG systems available in the United States were Transkinetics (a radio-telemetry system) and Therapeutics Unlimited - a hardwired system that required the subject to drag a thick cable containing a individual wires for each muscle being recorded. The radio-telemetry systems were convenient but expensive and had reliability and data quality problems, while the cabled systems were less expensive, but inconvenient to use and didn't produce data of a much higher quality than the radio-telemetry systems.

The introduction of the MA100 EMG system in 1987, with its lightweight cable and high quality data, set a new price and performance landmark that revolutionized the study of EMG in the Gait Lab by combining the ease of telemetry with the affordability of a cabled system. The introduction of the MA100 was the first multi channel EMG system that made use of the advanced signal multiplexing techniques that were to be subsequently adopted by other companies entering the field.

Although the methods created by Motion Lab Systems enabling the MA100 to transmit the EMG data from subject to computer were determined to be patentable we declined to patent the method. The philosophy of Motion Lab Systems is to advance by continuous innovation and by building quality products that place system reliability and ease of use above the cost to manufacture the devices.

1988-1990

With the success of the first MA100 systems, Motion Lab Systems expanded to build the first, commercially available wand marker sets for Gait Analysis, the Knee Alignment Device, and introduced our first software application - a DOS-based EMG Analysis program based on techniques developed at Helen Hayes Hospital and Newington Children's Hospital.

In 1992 Motion Lab Systems moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and started to expand - Carolyn Maher joined the company bringing years of commercial and financial experience to Motion Lab Systems. With over 100 MA100 systems in the field throughout the world we introduced the MA200 system and started efforts to develop a range of EMG preamplifiers that would be reliable and easy to use. At this time, the only commercial EMG preamplifiers available were made by IOmed (aka Motion Control) of Salt Lake CIty, UT.

1991-1997

With the increasing success of Motion Lab systems products, 1997 marked the end of our association with Oxford Metrics (now known as Vicon) and the start of our complete independence with our ten year anniversary. Sameer Kolangaradath joined Motion Lab Systems as a full time programmer with several years of experience writing software in the gait environment. Now, completely independent, we were free to develop C3D software applications that we viewed as important to the gait environment. We expanded our range of software programs with the introduction of a graphical C3D file editor and additional EMG Analysis software applications to support EMG presentation (EMG4VCM) in the gait analysis environment.

1998-2001

The 1998-2001 period marked the introduction of a number of new software applications (ReportGenerator, MLSviewer, RData, C3Dserver) and three new EMG systems together with a range of EMG preamplifiers designed for both surface and fine-wire recordings that featured both a rugged design and a signal bandwidth covering the full EMG signal range.

The introduction of the MA300 system - three systems supporting six, ten and sixteen EMG channels presented an affordable upgrade path to the gait lab community for the first time. In addition we started to offer additional products from other vendors where they complement our range of products.

2002-2007

Motion Lab Systems continued to expand, adding new sales staff and continuing to add new features and products. This period culminated with the MA300 product range completing CE and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certifications. By the end of 2001 Motion Lab systems had outgrown its original offices and in January 2002 we moved to a new building with 2500 square feet of office space together with additional storage and display areas. In 2005 we completed development to upgrade the MA300 system to offer a technically superior back-pack interface with both LEMO and BINDER connection options, an internal calibration source and individual LED indicators. This enabled all existing MA300 users to stay at the forefront of biomechanics EMG Research without purchasing a new system. Towards the end of the year Hurricane Katrina struck our state, closing Motion Lab Systems for only one day after which we reopened, providing humanitarian and business support to evacuees from New Orleans.

2008-2009

Being based in Louisiana Motion Lab Systems has weathered hurricanes and economic downturns all while continuing to develop new products. As always we strive to help those in our industry, as proven with the introduction of our two latest EMG systems. Designed to offer our customers continued reliability and maximum affordability without sacrificing data integrity. With some of our original MA100 EMG systems still working day to day in the field our track record speaks for itself.

2010-2011

With the completion of FCC testing and approval we introduced our Radio Telemetry option for all MA300 systems. This new feature is compatible with all MA300 systems and allows users to switch between wireless operation or cabled operation in seconds without changing the operating specification of the system in any way. It supports the full bandwidth (DC to 2,000Hz) across all 16 EMG channels, together with 8 event channels and auxiliary data channels making the MA300 range of systems the highest bandwidth and lowest latency (< 2ms) multi-channel EMG systems available today.

Motion Lab Systems now represents myon, a Swiss EMG system manufacturer, marketing and supporting their products in the United States. The myon EMG system competes with the Aurion Zero-Wire, Cometa Wave and Delsys Trigno systems, offering a simple, modular Wi-Fi based radio-telemetry EMG system that is easy to use, yet with a superior specification to the Aurion, Cometa and Delsys equipment.

2012-15

MA300 EMG system sales continue to be strong and with the introduction of two entry-level systems (MA300-XII and MA300-XVI), we offer price competitive multi channel EMG systems to all levels of users. The specifications and signal quality features of the MA300 range os EMG systems exceed all other commercially available systems, whether cabled or telemetry.

We now offer an audio system option capable of monitoring up to 16 channels EMG with individual audio level controls on each EMG channel.

2016

This year marks the entry of the MA400 system supporting the widest EMG bandwidth available for gait studies (2kHz) together with built-in, user adjustable, high-pass and low-pass fiters.