Technical Articles

Customised user interfaces - Control systems in the OR

The proportion of control systems which are customised is growing rapidly. Preparations for the interoperable OR, where multiple medical devices are controlled via a central user interface, are also progressing at full speed. The benefits of customised user interfaces will be explored in this article.

Source: DeviceMed (01/2024)

pdf | 320 KB

User interface with integrated sensors

More functions for foot switches - The OR user interfaces of the future will be mechatronic integrated devices (MID) with special surfaces. Thanks to new production techniques, it is now possible to integrate conductive paths, sensors or antennas in the surfaces. Examples can be seen at the Medica.

Source: medizin&technik (06/2023)

pdf | 303 KB

OR.NET: for integration in the OR – SDC also with real-time data transmission

Some tasks in the OR require a real-time link between interoperable medical devices. Corresponding extensions to the SDC standard compiled by OR.NET are in preparation. At the Medica 2023, these extensions will be shown at the steute Meditec booth.

Source: Published on the website of medizin&technik (10/2023)

pdf | 393 KB

SDC: Operate multiple medical devices using a single control - New tasks and new technologies for user interfaces

Wireless user interfaces are now standard in the OR – and enable multiple medical devices to be controlled by a single user interface.

Source: meditronic-journal (2/2023)

pdf | 511 KB

Sensors and antennas are best when integrated

In a project by the cluster of excellence it´s OWL, steute is currently testing the integration of sensors and antennas in the enclosures of control systems and user interfaces for industrial, as well as medical applications. A combination of laser-direct structuring and additive manufacturing is being used. The results are extremely promising.

Source: etz (11/2022)


pdf | 450 KB

The benefits of remote control - Trends in user interfaces for medical devices

Medical devices in the OR are now usually connected to their corresponding user interfaces by remote control. This makes additional documentation necessary, but the advantages still far outweigh any disadvantages, and device manufacturers can purchase the systems with all the necessary approvals in place. Furthermore, radio technology is a prerequisite for interoperability in the OR: in the future, multiple medical devices will be operable via a single (wireless) user interface. First applications using this technology, known as SDC (Service-oriented Device Connectivity), are already available.

Source: NET (5/2022)

pdf | 378 KB

User interfaces: from manufacturer to service provider

Wireless user interfaces have multiple benefits, making them a popular choice in many medical disciplines. However, they also involve a higher level of effort for device manufacturers with regard to testing and documentation than cabled controls – unless the supplier is MDR-ready and able to provide the user interface with all the relevant documentation.

Source: meditronic-journal (2/2022)

pdf | 314 KB

Wireless benefits

Nearly all customised user interfaces developed by steute Meditec in cooperation with medical device manufacturers communicate with the device in question via remote control. And wireless command devices are also becoming increasingly popular as standard user interfaces – with good reason.

Source: medical-design (02/2022)

pdf | 179 KB

The digital operating theatre

In Löhne, situated in East Westphalia, the operating theatre of the future is already reality: foot switch specialist steute Technologies GmbH & Co. KG has developed a multi-purpose foot control which enables surgeons to operate different medical devices from different manufacturers.

Source: VDMA Magazin (11/2020)

pdf | 614 KB

Switchgear manufacturer undergoes digital transformation

steute Technologies is known as an expert for safe switchgear in complex and demanding applications. But over the last few years the company has also grown to become a systems provider. Today's customers can profit from complete solutions which range from sensors via Gateways to integration in ERP systems. In an interview, Stefan Schmersal, Acting Partner at steute, gives insights into the market, his own solutions and business strategies, as well as the challenges steute will face in the future.

Source: open automation (05/2019)

pdf | 651 KB

Interfaces for the interoperable OR

With the dynamic integration of devices in the "interoperable OR", new interface generations are emerging.

Source: meditronic-journal (01/2019)

pdf | 345 KB

New low-energy wireless technology - Wireless foot controls

A new series of battery-driven foot controls uses the latest generation of a wireless technology developed especially for medical equipment. Its power consumption is low, meaning that conventional and not rechargeable batteries can be used.

Source: medizin & technik (06/2018)

pdf | 225 KB