MedTorque, manufacturer of silicone handle instruments, released its new line of TRI-GEAR™ silicone handle ratcheting instruments for use in orthopaedic and spine surgeries.
The patent pending design utilizes three gears with 20 interlocking teeth that allow for both forward and reverse functionality. Using separate gears, each with 20 interlocking teeth, significantly increases the contact area between the teeth of the gears and reduces stress on individual teeth, which provides a more robust design. This enables surgeons to have a greater degree of precision and potentially increases the lifespan of the instrument. The ratcheting instruments currently used in orthopaedics all utilize a standard, 2-pawl design, with just one or two teeth engaged for each direction.
In early 3Q15, Strong Precision Technologies unified its two medical divisions under a single brand, integrating Inland Midwest in Chicago, Illinois with MedTorque in Kenosha, Wisconsin to continue under the MedTorque name.