The international technology group and expert on special glass SCHOTT will be presenting its versatile portfolio of products and components for use in the field of medical technology this year at COMPAMED. On the one hand, approved products in high quality such as the eco-friendly step index fibers PURAVIS® and RD 50® Radiation Shielding Glass are proving themselves on the market. On the other hand, the company will be presenting its new sterilizable Solidur® LED product series and autoclavable housings, feedthroughs and connectors for the reliable protection of medical electronics. SCHOTT will be exhibiting at COMPAMED in Dusseldorf in hall 8b, booth H08, from November 16 – 19.
Its portfolio of environmentally-friendly, lead-free PURAVIS® step index fibers for use in lighting applications includes the versions GOF70, GOF85 and GOF120. The special formulation of the PURAVIS® glass fibers boasts an improved resistance class, and thus allows for higher long-term stability of the fibers. This means they can be repeatedly prepared for use by cleaning and autoclaving them without impairing the quality of their light transmission.
All PURAVIS® fibers improve blue light components and transmit near UV light waves. These SCHOTT fibers are therefore ideal for use in the most advanced medical technology disciplines such as fluorescence diagnostics. http://www.schott.com/lightingimaging/english/medical/medical-products/transmitting-light_puravis.html
The proven RD 50® Radiation Shielding Glass from SCHOTT with about 65 weight percent lead oxide offers very high protection against gamma and x-rays. Thanks to its high density, RD 50® offers high X-ray absorption even when thinner glass is used. This glass therefore represents a transparent alternative to other shielding materials.
The advantage during everyday use is that glass is more scratch resistant than plastic. SCHOTT Radiation Shielding Glass exhibits high UV resistance and guarantees a long service life if taken care of properly. RD 50® glass is suited for use as a viewing window, door or panoramic glazing, but also as radiation protection for physicians and nurses. It can be used in the building sector, in X-ray rooms, operating rooms, radiation stations, doctors' practices, materials testing and research laboratories, in gloveboxes, for example. SCHOTT supplies RD 50® Radiation Shielding Glass in every geometric shape within the maximum dimensions.
Upon customer request, radiation shielding glass can also be processed into a wide variety of different versions. http://www.schott.com/architecture/english/products/radiation-shielding-glass/rd50.html
Thanks to the new sterilizable Solidur® LEDs from SCHOTT, a fully autoclavable light source can now be installed directly into the tip of medical equipment so that the light source can be placed closer to the area to be treated. The hermetically encapsulated LEDs have demonstrated in tests that they can withstand more than 3,500 autoclaving cycles without experiencing any damage. Due to the gas-tight housing made of inorganic, non-aging materials such as metal, glass and ceramics, they resist high temperatures, chemicals, corrosion and pressure. Therefore, they are ideal for use in medical devices such as endoscopes or surgical instruments that must be autoclaved regularly without affecting their performance or service life.
The Solidur® LED family is comprised of three basic designs that can be customized to meet individual customer requirements. Thanks to the Solidur® Mini LED, at only 2.3 mm in diameter, the smallest hermetically sealed and fully autoclavable High Brightness LED available, it is now quite conceivable that lighting can be installed in devices that previously had to do without it. Medical devices that are equipped with the Solidur® Ring LED can illuminate the treatment site completely free of shadows owing to its ring-shaped array of LED chips. Solidur® TO LEDs are available in a variety of TO housing geometries, including an SMD version. This allows them to be integrated into existing equipment designs very easily.
SCHOTT offers a wide variety of gas-tight and thus completely autoclavable housings, feedthroughs and connectors for reliable encapsulation of medical electronics. Medical instruments must be supplied with power and be capable of sending and receiving information reliably. At the same time, however, these sensitive electronic components must be hermetically encapsulated and thus protected against moisture, heat, vibrations and chemicals.
Particularly high demands apply for devices that need to be steam sterilized in an autoclave, for instance, in areas such as endoscopy, dental surgery, surgical navigation, high-frequency surgery, spectrometry and pulse oximetry. Glass-to-metal, ceramic-to-metal (CerTMS®) or full ceramic housings are particularly well suited for such uses because, as inorganic and therefore non-aging materials, glass and ceramics enable a gas-tight, hermetic seal and, at the same time, insulate the electrical contacts. http://www.schott.com/medical
SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 35 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,400 employees, sales of 1.87 billion euros were generated in fiscal year 2013/2014. The parent company, SCHOTT AG, has its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) and is solely owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. As a foundation company, SCHOTT assumes special responsibility for its employees, society and the environment. www.schott.com
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