S&S Plastics has partnered with StarMed to develop a new endoscopy bottle top designed to reduce cross-contamination during gastroenterological investigations, according to a Medical Plastics News report.
The device, designed by StarMed, is intended to keep endoscopes lenses clean and ensure a proper diagnosis and reduce procedure times.
The final product reduces cross-contamination during procedures which involve the oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, small intestine, large intestine, colon, bile duct, rectum and anus, according to the report.
The endoscopy bottle top has won CE Mark approval in the European Union, according to the report, and features USP 6 medical grade material to comply with UK, EU and US standards.
“We’ve worked with S&S Plastics since 2010 mainly designing and developing endoscopy accessories. They will recommend different – often advanced – materials to the ones we originally had in mind. That can bring a whole host of benefits such as FDA-approval when selling to the States. From the start, S&S understood what we wanted: Durability, thoughtful design, high quality, quick turnaround and value for money. That approach has endured. They keep on adding value. We identify the market gap, come up with the solution and a concept. S&S takes that outline idea and uses CAD to draw it up and they will often add to the design at that stage. Once we’re happy with it, we then progress to tooling, 3D design, prototyping and finally production. S&S does all of it whether that involves metal parts or not as well as any jigs and presses for assembly. It’s been interesting over the years to see what works in terms of aesthetics and functionality. We share a ‘can do’ attitude which conquers any problems we come across. We’re a reliable partnership,” StarMed founder & owner Justin Biggs said, according to the MPN report.
“Partnering with StarMed for over five years now, together, we’ve successfully designed and used state-of-the-art technology to produce a world-class portfolio of products. You can get almost reach perfection and I think we almost achieved that with StarMed. The healthcare sector continues to grow which is driving the demand for various technical products. This new endoscopy accessory is a neat example of what can be achieved. Simply put, what we’ve developed together is a bottle top. But the incremental gains we’ve made in its design and manufacture will assist gastroenterologists in procedures – both diagnostic and treatment – perhaps make them safer ,quicker and that all adds up to a star performing product for StarMed,” S&S Plastics GM Richard Munyard said, according to the report.
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