MedTorque, a US-based manufacturer of silicone handle instruments for the orthopaedics industry, has launched Tri-Gear silicone handle ratchets in Europe for use in orthopaedic and spine surgeries.
The Tri-Gear handle ratchets recently received CE Mark approval, allowing the company to market products in Europe and other countries that require the CE Mark.
The patent pending Tri-Gear technology uses three gears with 20 interlocking teeth, which enables both forward and reverse functionality.
MedTorque president Steve Sundberg said: "In light of the overwhelmingly positive response we've gotten from our OEM customers and surgeon users in the United States, we very are excited to introduce our Tri-Gear products in the European market.
"We look forward to offering this innovative product line along with our high standards of performance and customer satisfaction to European customers and surgeons."
Traditional ratcheting instruments currently used in orthopaedics have a two-pawl design with one or two teeth engaged for each direction, while most components in Tri-Gear ratchets were standardised for use across various styles and sizes.
Standardised ratchets will make stocking components easier, reduce production costs and offer fast assembly and reduced lead times. The ratchets, which are available axial / in-line, t-handle and palm styles, can be customised with colour, logos and artwork.
Sundberg said: "Receiving the CE Mark and launching our flagship product Tri-Gear in Europe is a significant milestone for MedTorque and another step in our continued investment in the medical device industry."
The company offers customised and highly engineered component parts, instruments and complex assemblies for medical device OEMs.
Image: MedTorque Tri-Gear ratcheting instrument. Photo: courtesy of MedTorque.