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steute Schaltgeräte GmbH & Co. KG

Booth number: 10C02

About us

Since 1997, the steute business division Meditec has been developing and manufacturing user interfaces for different types of medical equipment. Its overall range can be divided into the product lines »Classic« and »Custom«. The »Classic« line is based on a wide range of tried­and­tested, certified standard components. Housings, actuators, switching inserts and transmission technologies are configured to create application­orientated solutions.

»Custom« user interfaces are developed individually, in close cooperation with the customer and usually at the same time as the corresponding medical device. They feature exclusive, brand­compliant designs. All steute controls for medical equipment fulfil the highest standards of ergonomic comfort and availability and are manufactured in accordance with the certified QM system EN ISO 13485 for medical products.

Products and services

Foot switches for laser devices MKF-MED SK12

Foot switches for laser devices MKF-MED SK12

Not only the IEC 60601-1, but also the IEC 60601-2-22 must be observed by foot-operated control devices for diagnostic and therapeutical laser devices. This standard demands, for example, high mechanical stability. It requires protection against unintentional actuation and prescribes specific actuating forces. Besides this, certain protection classes – depending on the application in question – are determined according to IEC 60529.

Foot switches for high-frequency surgery MKF 2-MED GP26

Foot switches for high-frequency surgery MKF 2-MED GP26

For the actuation of high frequency surgery devices, foot-operated control devices are applied. The requirements for these control devices are prescribed in EN 60601-1, as well as in EN 60601-2-2. Foot controls for this application field are characterised by defined requirements for the protection class, as well as mechanical stability. Electrostatic charging must be avoided. The requirements for class AP (anaesthesia approved) might also be relevant.

Foot switches for X-ray/MRI/CT

Foot switches for X-ray/MRI/CT

For the application field X-ray/MRI/CT multi-function foot controls developed especially by steute are mainly applied. Most cases require complex positioning movements, meaning that »standard« foot controls are rarely suitable.
Observed standards are, for example, IEC 60601-1, referring to the general regulations for safety aspects, as well as the relevant product standards, e.g. IEC 60601-2-43, referring to the specifics of X-ray equipment.

News & Innovations

App configures controls for medical devices / Integration: smartphone communicates with user interface  Integration is a hot topic in medical technology. steute Meditec is furthering this trend with the development of wireless user interfaces to control different medical devices – as well as other innovations also based on integration and wireless technologies.

One of these is an application (App) which enables smartphones and tablets to communicate directly with the user interfaces of medical devices. This App, which can be used by medical device manufacturers and users alike, will be presented by steute Meditec at the Medica.

Medical device manufacturers can use the App to configure the assignment of push-button functions, for example, as well as transmission performance and duration. It can also facilitate pairing of a terminal device with a new steute user interface. The App enables users to query the charge status of the battery via tablet or to send a message to the smartphone if the interface battery is running low.

The App has been developed for the later generations of steute Meditec user interfaces which use the "steute Wireless" protocol SW2.4LE -MED and are equipped with a Bluetooth low-energy module. It will be available for Android devices in the Google Play Store. Additional variants for other operating systems will follow.


steute Schaltgeräte GmbH & Co. KG
Brückenstr. 91
32584 Löhne

Phone: +49 57 31745-0
Fax: +49 57 31745-200

Yue Han
Marketing Manager
Phone: +86 10 65906635

steute Electrical Components (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
245 XinJunhuan Road, Building D, Floor 203, PuJiang Town, Minhang District, 201114 Shanghai
201114 Shanghai
P.R. China

Phone: +86 21 64457886
Fax: +86 21 34060876

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