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High demand for laryngoscopes for inducing artificial ventilation

HEINE can still deliver medical products despite the strain caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, healthcare systems around the world are currently coming under an unprecedented amount of strain. The demand for medical technology for intensive and primary care of critically ill patients affected by the virus is increasing.

In March 2020, HEINE Optotechnik (based in Herrsching, Germany) received record orders for medical equipment. Since HEINE manufactures most of the products and product components themselves, the demand can be met in a satisfactory manner. The uninterrupted availability of urgent medical devices is helping doctors and medical staff in their efforts to save patients’ lives.

‘We are recording growing orders from all regions of the world. Laryngoscopes, which are needed to induce artificial ventilation, are particularly in demand,’ explained Oliver Heine, HEINE’s Managing Director. Laryngoscopes consist of two components – a handle with LED illumination and a blade with a fibre optic light conductor to illuminate the throat area. At the end of March, the medium-sized family-run business received a large order for laryngoscopes that it was then able to deliver to the Italian health care system at very short notice.

But other instruments that make up basic medical equipment – such as sphygmomanometers, stethoscopes or otoscopes – are in increasing demand too and are therefore continuously being produced. 

‘Made in Germany’ with a high degree of in-house production
HEINE is in a good position to meet the demand quickly thanks to the structure of both the company and its production operations. Around 90% of the medical instruments are manufactured exclusively on site in the company’s own plants. ‘Our machines are running day and night, and the Finishing Department is operating at full capacity too,’ stated Mr Heine. The fibre optic Classic+ laryngoscope blades are manufactured exclusively by HEINE at its main plant in Herrsching, which is also where the CNC milling machines that mill the HEINE Macintosh blades out of a single piece of stainless steel are located. Once this step is complete, the prefabricated component is then laser-welded to the cover for the light conductor and the fibre-optic strand is inserted. All of this work is completed in Herrsching (Germany) too.

Close cooperation with regional suppliers
There is another aspect that is boosting HEINE’s ability to deliver. The company cooperates with very few foreign suppliers and production companies, who are suffering from delays or interruptions in their logistics chains – especially in the air freight sector. Most of HEINE’s suppliers have regional roots close to the company headquarters near Munich and are currently maintaining production operations, in some cases exclusively for HEINE.

Employee protection thanks to strict hygiene measures and social distancing
The top priority for the Management team is employee protection. HEINE has adopted a stringent package of hygiene measures, including social distancing and – where possible – staggered working hours. All employees who can work from home are doing so.

HEINE can still deliver medical products despite the strain caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, healthcare systems around the world are currently coming under an unprecedented amount of strain. The demand for medical technology for intensive and primary care of critically ill patients affected by the virus is increasing.

 

In March 2020, HEINE Optotechnik (based in Herrsching, Germany) received record orders for medical equipment. Since HEINE manufactures most of the products and product components themselves, the demand can be met in a satisfactory manner. The uninterrupted availability of urgent medical devices is helping doctors and medical staff in their efforts to save patients’ lives.

‘We are recording growing orders from all regions of the world. Laryngoscopes, which are needed to induce artificial ventilation, are particularly in demand,’ explained Oliver Heine, HEINE’s Managing Director. Laryngoscopes consist of two components – a handle with LED illumination and a blade with a fibre optic light conductor to illuminate the throat area. At the end of March, the medium-sized family-run business received a large order for laryngoscopes that it was then able to deliver to the Italian health care system at very short notice.

But other instruments that make up basic medical equipment – such as sphygmomanometers, stethoscopes or otoscopes – are in increasing demand too and are therefore continuously being produced. 

‘Made in Germany’ with a high degree of in-house production
HEINE is in a good position to meet the demand quickly thanks to the structure of both the company and its production operations. Around 90% of the medical instruments are manufactured exclusively on site in the company’s own plants. ‘Our machines are running day and night, and the Finishing Department is operating at full capacity too,’ stated Mr Heine. The fibre optic Classic+ laryngoscope blades are manufactured exclusively by HEINE at its main plant in Herrsching, which is also where the CNC milling machines that mill the HEINE Macintosh blades out of a single piece of stainless steel are located. Once this step is complete, the prefabricated component is then laser-welded to the cover for the light conductor and the fibre-optic strand is inserted. All of this work is completed in Herrsching (Germany) too.

Close cooperation with regional suppliers
There is another aspect that is boosting HEINE’s ability to deliver. The company cooperates with very few foreign suppliers and production companies, who are suffering from delays or interruptions in their logistics chains – especially in the air freight sector. Most of HEINE’s suppliers have regional roots close to the company headquarters near Munich and are currently maintaining production operations, in some cases exclusively for HEINE.

Employee protection thanks to strict hygiene measures and social distancing
The top priority for the Management team is employee protection. HEINE has adopted a stringent package of hygiene measures, including social distancing and – where possible – staggered working hours. All employees who can work from home are doing so.

Press Contact:

Beatrix Balsiger

PR & Marketing Communications Manager

Tel: +49 (0)8152/38-0

E-Mail: press@heine.com

 

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