SCHOTT unveils its products for use in medical technology applications

High-tech PURAVIS™ glass fibers, special medical light guides and a UV module for disinfecting water the main highlights at COMPAMEDMainz (Germany), November 7, 2012 – The international technology group SCHOTT will be participating in the COMPAMED exhibition once again this year with a booth (Hall 8b, Booth H 08).

The company will be presenting its wide range of products for use in medical technology at this event. The main emphasis will be on the expertise SCHOTT has in the area of Lighting and Imaging. Its quality management system on manufacturing medical products and accessories was officially certified according to ISO EN 13485 in 2011.

SCHOTT PURAVIS™ glass optical fibers: Technological advances always open up new application opportunities that have never been explored before. For example, fluorescence-based applications in the area of medical diagnostics and microscopy are both possible due to improved transmission in the near UV range. Photo: SCHOTT.

The successful market launch of its high purity PURAVIS™ glass optical fibers that kicked off at the start of the year makes SCHOTT a pioneer in the area of “green” glass fibers that contain no lead and are manufactured in an environmentally friendly manner using state-of-the-art melting techniques. By relying on select raw materials, SCHOTT has managed to increase the transmission of white light by as much as 10 percent. Because colors hardly shift at all, even when longer light guides are used, illuminated objects retain their natural color. PURAVIS™ is thus particularly well-suited for use in medical applications like endoscopy and surgical microscopy. 

These improved glass fibers are already being mass manufactured for use in SCHOTT’s new universal light guide for use in medicine. PURAVIS™ and the other materials used are designed to meet the special requirements of disinfecting and autoclaving. This extends the service life of the light guide and thus lowers the operating costs during long-term use.

For the first time ever, SCHOTT will be presenting a new technology for disinfecting water: an extremely compact glass module that uses UV light to eliminate germs directly at the tapping point. The unique thing about it is that the UV technology that SCHOTT uses is designed in such a way that it can be installed directly in water faucets or medical treatment devices. The system is also extremely durable and requires hardly any maintenance at all. It is therefore particularly well-suited for devices with slow water flow. It also meets the standards NSF55 and DVWG W294.

PURAVIS™ is a registered trademark of SCHOTT AG.

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