THE HISTORY OF SCHAERER MEDICAL AG

 

Maurice Schaerer laid the foundation stone for the Schaerer Medical AG of today in 1892 by founding a factory for surgical instruments and hospital equipment. The status as limited liability company was acquired in 1903. Thereafter a worldwide network of daughter companies and sales partners was quickly established.

 

The close collaboration of the company with leading doctors started in 1906. Together with the later Nobel Prize winner, Professor Theodor Kocher, it developed new surgical instruments, which attracted attention all over the world. Further pioneering concepts for the equipment of complete operating wings were developed together with Professor Tavel of the University of Berne. In 1908 Fritz Schaerer, the nephew of Maurice Schaerer, joined the company. His engineering knowledge helped further improve mainly working - and manufacturing methods.

 

Schaerer set a milestone in 1912 with the delivery of one of the first mobile operating tables worldwide. In closest collaboration with Professor F. Quervain of the surgical University Clinic Berne the table was optimised to such an extent, that Schaerer was awarded the Grand Prix of the World Exhibition in Paris two years later.

 

Not even the First World War and the world economic crisis were able to affect the rise of the company. In 1939 Schaerer developed two fully equipped operating carriages for the army. After the Second World War Schaerer rapidly acquired a reputation as a general provider for the equipment of complete operating theatres.

 

In 1957 Schaerer brought the first operating table with X-ray translucent table top and central control system to the market with the Nova X-Ray. The Nova X-Ray was replaced in 1973 by the S-table, the predecessor of the well known operating table range schaerer® axis 400-800.

 

In 1993 Schaerer was the first manufacturer succeeding in developing a mobile operating table being certified both for the European and the American market and being compatible with both electric mains networks. This was the first generation of the schaerer® axis 400-800 range. The successors of this range are still leading in the market and set a standard as far as quality and long service life are concerned.

 

As an important element, Schaerer in 1994 introduced the quality management (QM) in accordance with the ISO 9001 standard. The standards set since then are applicable for the whole production process - from the development, including design, through manufacturing up to the assembly and maintenance of all products. The quality management also fulfils the ISO 13485:2003 standard introduced in 2003, which defines particularly demanding requirements for the quality of medical devices.

 

In 1994 Schaerer took over the majority shareholding of the Ohio Medical Instruments company, manufacturer of neuro-surgical instruments being sold under the Mayfield brand, which is well known worldwide.

 

In 1998 Schaerer relocated its production department to Münsingen. In 2002 all company departments were brought together at the present production site and company head office in Münsingen near Berne.

 

In 2001 Schaerer took over the majority shareholding of the Ohio Medical Instruments company,manufacturer of neuro-surgical instruments being sold under the Mayfield brand, which is well known worldwide.

 

From 2003-2008 the company figured under the brand Schaerer Mayfield. As from the middle of 2008, Schaerer was taken over by an investor, successfully restructured and since then goes under the name of Schaerer Medical AG.

 

In 2009 Schaerer introduced two ground-breaking innovations to the market: the mobile operating table schaerer® arcus and the schaerer® MIS Extension System. With a load capacity of up to 500 kg in standard position and up to 360 kg dynamic load capacity in all positions the schaerer® arcus table is specially indicated for bariatric surgery, ideally completing the existing operating table portfolio of the company. The new Extension System set a benchmark as far as minimum invasive hip surgery is concerned, having been developed in close collaboration with Dr. Grob and Prof. Kuster of the Kantonsspital St. Gallen.

 

In 2010 Schaerer Medical took over 100% of Schaerer Mayfield USA, Inc. in Cincinnati, strengthening his position as a worldwide leading manufacturer of mobile operating tables, medical accessories and special products for all surgical disciplines and applications.

 

In 2011 Schaerer Medical AG focused on service by strengthening and expanding the Service Organisation. Trainings for service engineers were rearranged, more than 40 technicians being trained on Schaerer products worldwide.

 

In 2012 Schaerer Medical celebrates the 100 year jubilee of its mobile OP tables with numerous events in Switzerland and abroad.

 

In 2015 Schaerer introduced two innovations to the market: the schaerer® Modular Traction System
(MTS) and the schaerer® Carbon Spine Frame (CSF).

 

In 2017 Schaerer Medical celebrates the 125th anniversary of its founding by Maurice Schaerer. The company and its affiliates will commemorate this milestone with numerous events in Switzerland and abroad. This year the company also introduced the new mobile operating table schaerer® axis 350.

 

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