Since many surgical decisions are made based on visual cues and surgeries can go on for hours, light color and ambient temperature are vital to success. Prior to advanced LED technology, typical operating room lighting radiated intense heat and required complex color correction through the use of physical filters.
Medical technology company, Getinge, saw an opportunity and developed a game-changing solution which used fiber-optics to allow the light source (and heat) to be mounted away from the surgical theater with active filters to provide color correction.
In a pre-LED world, Getinge had developed a game-changing use of technology, but needed help making it a reality… So they turned to SPARK.
SPARK worked with an optical physicist to design the fiber-optic system that would transport the light from a wall-mounted control box to the OR light head.
The mechanical challenges that SPARK had to overcome were how to carefully manage the many fiber-optic cables running through armatures that also required 360° of free rotation, as well as properly balancing the lights heads so that they could be adjusted with no more than two pounds of force, but remain steady once positioned.
SPARK integrated into the existing Getinge team, working within their established CAD database management and quality systems for medical products. Once the tool-ready CAD package was created, SPARK also managed prototyping of the first lighting system all the way through to an install on a trade show floor.
This included working closely with key vendors such as those for the numerous permanent mold aluminum castings for the light head housing and armatures. SPARK’s previous experience with surgical lights and their support structures, and close collaboration with Getinge and their optical physicist resulted in a successful, and first-of-its kind, product in the marketplace.