MAINTAL, Germany--NORMA Group, a global market leader in engineered joining technology, will be providing NORMAPLAST hose connectors and screw-in connectors for the prototype of a solar-powered sterilization device for use in developing countries.
The LifeShift Sterilizer, developed by the German RSO Shift GmbH, cleans, disinfects and sterilizes surgical instruments. The unit also has an integrated system for treating water that produces high-purity distilled water from contaminated river or tap water. The device is solar-powered, which allows it to operate autonomously. It is specifically designed for use in rural areas of developing countries that lack medical care.
“Because research and development are also key factors in our company’s success, we have not hesitated to support the inventors of this innovative project,” says Werner Deggim, CEO of NORMA Group.
The LifeShift Sterilizer’s developers at RSO shift GmbH have received a number of awards for their invention and were funded by an EXIST start-up stipend from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
“We use NORMAPLAST products for the connections in water treatment because they are easy to install and remain reliably sealed even under demanding conditions,” says Raphael Schönwitz, developer and co-founder of RSO Shift GmbH. “This is essential for the use of medical devices in developing countries where the transmission of infectious diseases by contamination is a major problem.”
NORMAPLAST hose connectors and plastic screw-in connectors connect the pipes that conduct fluids without any leakage. The joining elements are known for their high strength and damping capacity, as well as their light weight. Ribs on the mounts and connectors ensure that all lines and hoses remain securely fastened. NORMAPLAST products are used in the chemical industry, in water management and in the food and beverage industry, among other fields.
About NORMA Group
NORMA Group is a global market leader in engineered joining technology. The company manufactures a wide range of innovative connecting solutions and water management technology offering more than 35,000 products to customers in 100 countries with around 6,500 employees. NORMA Group helps its customers and business partners to react to global challenges such as climate change and increasing scarcity of resources. NORMA Group joining products can be found in vehicles and trains, ships and aircraft, buildings and water management as well as in applications for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. The company generated sales of around 695 million euros in 2014. NORMA Group operates a global network of 22 production facilities as well as numerous sales and distribution sites across Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific. NORMA Group has its headquarters in Maintal, Germany. NORMA Group SE is listed on the German stock exchange (Prime Standard) and included in the MDAX index.
About RSO Shift
RSO Shift GmbH develops modern medical technology products for the safe treatment of patients in all regions of the world. It was founded in 2011 by three graduates from the University of Kassel, Germany. RSO Shift uses technological innovations for developing products which have a positive impact on the daily lives of humans in developing and emerging regions. The energy-self-sufficient solutions enable people to improve their living conditions on their own.