Ensuring business continuity during the COVID 19 pandemic
Over the last decade, leveraging on its expertise and know-how, Linxens has developed innovative interface and sensing solutions dedicated to medical care. A committed supplier to Siemens Healthineers Point of Care Business for over 10 years, the biosensor tape that has been exclusively designed for the epoc® Blood Analysis System consumables from Siemens Healthineers has been carefully conceived to perform quick and reliable electrochemical measurement on blood, thanks to Linxens’ unique noble metal plating capabilities.
When the global COVID 19 pandemic peaked last year, Siemens Healthineers saw an increase in demand for their epoc® system which are placed in critical care units and emergency rooms around the world for rapid patient diagnosis. With this increase in demand, the need for consumables also rose and the demand for Linxens’ reel-to-reel biosensors doubled. Facing unprecedented health and safety restrictions, Linxens’ factory in Singapore worked with the local Government to obtain approval to continue manufacturing the reel-to-reel biosensor tape to ensure its supply to Siemens Healthineers.
“Under normal circumstances, our factory runs 24/7 and it’s thanks to the commitment of the Linxens staff, particularly those from Operations, Supply Chain and Purchasing, that we were able to ensure that the teams were in place and safe, and that we had the necessary stock of products to ensure on-time delivery to our client,” adds Velmurugan Ramanathan, Plant Director, Linxens. “I believe that problems are opportunities in disguise, and this was the perfect opportunity to satisfy the needs of Siemens Healthineers during this harsh pandemic.”
Siemens Healthineers knew that it could rely on Linxens’ expertise and agility to accelerate production to meet the surge in demand for biosensor tape to ensure that their consumables, including epoc® systems reached healthcare professionals as quickly as possible.
“Our sites are set-up for mass volume, high-quality component manufacturing in reel-to-reel format. Despite the strict governmental restrictions that were implemented during the peak of the crisis, we received the authorization to open our facility in Singapore and are proud to have been able to double our production to ensure on-time delivery to Siemens Healthineers.” says Arnaud Brunetiere, Chief Operating Officer, Linxens.
Point-of-Care Testing from Siemens Healthineers
Particularly useful since the beginning of last year, the epoc® Blood Analysis System is a handheld, wireless solution to enable comprehensive blood gas, basic metabolic panel, hematocrit and lactate testing at the patient’s side on a single room temperature stable test card, with results in less than a minute after sample introduction.
“In addition to guaranteeing an uninterrupted supply, Linxens assured us of dedicated capacity for patient care. Their team certainly stepped up by meeting a 2x demand surge,” commented Mathias Ganzmann, Vice President, Site Operations, Siemens Healthineers