Karl Storz Kronoscope
Advancing the scope of testing
With 250 million endoscopies done worldwide annually, endoscopes are a critical component of today’s medical care, yet, they are also the leading cause of infection by medical device. To prevent contamination, hospitals require an intense reprocessing procedure including washing, disinfection, and sterilization stages before an endoscope can be reused. Though crucial, this harsh cleaning process makes the endoscopes susceptible to corrosion, discoloration, pitting, and microcracking. Imperfections in the devices create further risk of infection and necessitate costly repairs or replacements. To minimize wear damage, Karl Storz Imaging, a leader in endoscope production, seeks to improve the development of their devices’ materials through novel testing. Our approach is to create an innovative test system that simulates an operational lifetime of wear by repeatedly exposing endoscope materials to an automated version of the cleaning process executed at hospitals. Through this accelerated aging, engineers can quickly gain insight into the full performance of their designs with minimal labor needed.