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EPflex Feinwerktechnik GmbH

Solution provided
Technology
Supplier identity
General description

Since 1994, EPflex has manufactured flexible metal components for medical applications. We are your one source - for all your needs from development of initial prototypes right up to volume production. Innovation and expertise are the characteristics which make us a reliable partner for our customers.EPflex manufactures guide wires, nitinol baskets, hypotubes and stylets as well as customized special products.EPflex is specialized in manufacture Nitinol guidewires in all variations.

Type of Supplier
Other
Sector of activity
  • Imaging
  • Medical Devices
  • Urology
Region
State of Bade-Wurtemberg, DE
Regional access broker
  • Manfred Kauer, BioRegio Stern
Activity description
Know-how, expertise available

EPflex is one of the leading OEM suppliers in the area of medical technology and is setting its focus on processing wires, braids and tubes made of stainless steel, Nitinol, polymers and special materials (laser welding, centerless grinding, bonding, forming).

The complex product range of EPflex includes guidewires, Nitinol-stonebaskets, stylets, hypotubes, customer-specific special products and since recently polymer and hydrophilic coatings.

Possibilities of partnership

MR-compatible guide wire

After more than six years of development, EPflex Feinwerktechnik GmbH obtained in October 2012 the first CE certification world-wide for an MR-compatible guide wire. It has the advantage that neither the patient nor the physician is exposed to high levels of radiation compared to conventional imaging techniques and it offers a significantly better image quality.

A guide wire is a wire construction that is often several meters long and is applied in many different fields of minimally invasive medicine. Guide wires are placed into the body through a natural or artificially produced body orifice and guided to the point of treatment predominantly with the help of computer tomography (CT). However, by applying this method, both the patient and the physician are exposed to high levels of radiation. These are even about 100 to 1000 times higher than in case of a normal radiograph, which results in an increased risk of future cancers.

Another imaging technique used in medical technology is the magnetic resonance tomography, but up to now, interventions with guide wires have not been possible. The reason for this is the material of which guide wires are made of – metal. This is heated or even moved through magnetic forces which can cause severe burns or death. Due to the numerous advantages, EPflex Feinwerktechnik GmbH from Dettingen/Erms has set itself the aim of developing a guide wire without metallic components in order to be able to achieve progress in the field of medical technology. The advantages compared to conventional imaging techniques include:

  • No harmful x-rays for patient and physician
  • Addition of a well-tolerated contrast agent (if at all necessary)
  • Superior soft-tissue contrast
  • Display of movement of organs possible
  • Highly detailed views of individual organs

The development of such guide wire presented EPflex with the enormous challenge to create a guide wire consisting of fibers that offer similar characteristics as a conventional metallic guide wire. These requirements are particularly high, since the guide wire must be of a certain stiffness, which is necessary for ensuring a safe navigation through the human body and besides, its tip must be as flexible as possible in order to prevent injuries.

After years of research, EPflex has developed now a construction whose interior consists of a Kevlar-fiber that is c

Services provided

Both serial production and individual solutions makes EPflex to a competent partner for flexible products from development of prototypes to serial production. Qualified personnel and the use of modern technologies ensure a constant high quality of the products. Automated manufacturing systems added by manual production steps gives potential to produce efficient complex parts in highest quality.

The complex product range of EPflex includes guidewires, Nitinol-stonebaskets, stylets, hypotubes, customer-specific special products and since recently polymer and hydrophilic coatings.

The company achieves an annual growth rate of 10 to 12 %. About 275 employees currently generate an annual turnover of 19 million Euros, whereof more than 50 % are achieved by guide wires. By innovative new products and the permanent further development of existing products, EPflex contributes to improve medical technology and thus increase the security of medical interventions.

 

 

Quality labels and accreditations

EPflex Feinwerktechnik GmbH is a DIN ISO 13485 certified OEM manufacturer of metal components for medicine-technics. The products are assembled in a class 8 clean room, which has received EN-ISO 14644-3 certification.

Targeted countries

worldwide

Training and Staff possibilities
No
Contact information
Name
Uihlein
Surname
Bernhard
Function
Managing Director
Phone number
+49 (0)7123/9784-0
Email address
info@epflex.com
Website Address
http://www.epflex.com
Address
Im Schwöllbogen 24
72581  Dettingen/Erms
Germany