SIMEON Medical has placed a lot of lights into U.S. healthcare facilities in recent years. Over the course of the past half-decade, the German manufacturer has sold more than 25,000 lightheads worldwide, a number that is only likely to increase due to a new partnership with Image Diagnostics Inc (IDI).
“What we’re excited about is that SIMEON is lights and lights only,” says Rick Long, director of surgical solutions for IDI. “Their technology is not offered by any other surgical company.”
The concentrated focus on lighting helps SIMEON craft solutions for a range of needs. Lights are often treated by both manufacturers and users as at least somewhat interchangeable, but varied procedures have equally different demands. SIMEON’s offerings can specifically cover 11 different surgical configurations, all built off the same technology.
The SIMEON design is based on a combination of LEDs and perfectly positioned reflectors to provide stronger illumination.
According to Tobias Mager, head of product management with SIMEON Medical, the patented technology makes the SIMEON lights adaptable enough that shifts in LED technology won’t render the device obsolete.
“You are future-proofed with this technology,” Mager says. “LED is an electronic device. So if something new came out — you have to meet a new lens systems with better specifications — the reflector technology will work with it. You only have to bring in the new LEDs and everything works.”
The long-range adaptability is important, because SIMEON promises the lights will be in place for a long time. Throughout 2018, all SIMEON lights are being introduced in the U.S. with a 10 year warranty on the lighthead and a five year warranty on everything above the lighthead. Additionally, the LEDs have a 60,000 hour life expectancy.
Further ensuring durability, the lights are outfitted with glass instead of plastic. That means the lights won’t yellow over time or endure similar wear than can diminish the quality of the illumination.
SIMEON also promises repairs can be done on site, eliminating the more common — and costly — process of removing the light and shipping it back to the manufacturer.
All of the products’ features are extensions of the SIMEON commitment to creating lights that boast the same dependability and utility that surgeons demand from all their tools.
“At the end of the day, you’re going to have a light that is customized to the procedure,” says Long.