Our product portfolio covers the full range of reusable surgical instruments for all surgical disciplines, such as general surgery, ENT head/plastic surgery, gynaecology, cardiovascular, dental and oral surgery, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, endoscopy, container and sterilization. Overall our portfolio contains 16,000 products.
We provide for nopa products a standard quality warranty for 2 years from date of delivery. If you would like the warranty period extended, please contact our customer service for further information. Our quality warranty certificate provides detailed information on the scope of protection, defect notification, on how to make claims, etc. We are happy to provide you the certificate on request.
Satisfied customers are our top priority. If you are not fully satisfied with any of our products for any reason, please contact our customer service immediately. We promise to find a suitable solution for your needs. Usually, we accept return shipments or exchanges only, if the product is neither used, nor sterilized and still in its original package.
With its focus on international export, nopa is always interested in capable partners/distributors for all countries around the world. In case of interest, you may contact us at any time either through registration on our website or by contacting our customer service directly. You could expect our prompt reply.
nopa uses exclusively high-grade steels (rustproof, stainless) to manufacture its surgical instruments. On request, nopa offers to its clients an overview, of which type of steel is used for each group of instruments. This chart includes among others important information such as DIN-Norm, composition of steel, hardness of material. Furthermore, material certificates for each item are available.
Recommending complete surgical sets, including sterilization containers and baskets, if required, is one of nopa’s core competences. For the past 35 years, nopa has gained a vast experience in the making of surgical instruments. This makes us an ideal partner. Many of our recommended sets are also included in our catalogues. Customized adaptations to the sets are easily possible. Please don’t hesitate to ask our customer service.
TC respectively TUC stands for tungsten carbide. This is an extremely hard material (much harder than the regular stainless steel) and is used as inserts for example in scissors, needle holders or dressing forceps to make the working part of the instrument much more durable giving it an improved performance and an extended lifetime. For easy identification, all nopa instruments with TUC inserts have a golden handle.
SC stands for Super Cut for nopa scissors. These SC scissors have one micro serrated blade, while the cut of the opposite side blade is sharpened in a special way. The combination of both makes the cut of the scissors very smooth and razor-like. To identify a SC scissors the handles are depicted in black. If you would like to order our absolute top quality high-end scissors, you can combine the SC scissors with a TUC insert. Such scissors are indicated by a golden and a black ring.
Due to the fact, that the main parts of surgical instruments are still "handcrafted", it can lead to some minor variations in the appearance of instruments. Particularly from one manufacturing lot to another, such small deviations may be present; however, they do not influence in any way the function of the instrument.
Yes, all nopa instruments are delivered passivated. Passivation is an additional treatment to the surface of instruments after final finishing. The use of special passivation fluid and ultrasonic bath provides an additional layer of protection on the surface of the instrument to prevent corrosion and rust.
For sure, nopa is one of the most experienced companies in its industry, offering private labelling. Since the very beginning of its business, nopa has offered private labelling/OEM in addition to focusing on promoting its own brand. Thus, we are very experienced in this field and have been so for a long time. We have organized our order process as to mark or label all products only after we have received a customer order. Consequently, we store all our products unmarked and unlabelled in our stock room, which gives us utmost flexibility to fulfil our client’s needs.
On our website, you can fill in catalogue numbers of competitors and the system will automatically refer to and show the corresponding nopa item number. Thousands of such cross-references are available in the system; however, should you ever be unable to find what you are looking for, just contact our customer service for further assistance.
Yes, indeed, there are many different options, how to sterilize an instrument. The two main categories can be split into a) physical sterilization methods and b) chemical sterilization methods. nopa’s instructions for use describe in detail the different methods within each category. The internationally recognized standard method is the physical method, which is the steam sterilization by fractionated vacuum at a working temperature of 134°C at approx. 2.3 bar for 5 minutes. This is also, what nopa recommends.
It is mandatory to clean instruments properly prior to sterilisation. Any surgery could leave residues on the instruments such as blood, bone, skin, or tissue. These residues must be removed from the instruments before sterilisation. Otherwise; they could cause damage to the instrument. The instruments can be cleaned manually (brush), by machine or ultrasound. If possible, instruments should be disassembled or at least cleaned in their open stage.
Before any use, instruments need to be checked and examined for cracks, breaks or any corrosion. Moving parts and working tips need to be checked, too. Instruments with joints need to be lubricated. This will reduce friction and keep the action of the instrument light, delicate and smooth. Furthermore, it extends the lifetime of the instrument.
Sometimes spots or stains may appear on the surface of a surgical instrument. Such spots and stains could be removed by rubbing over these areas with an eraser. If the steel underneath becomes completely clean and smooth, the stain was successfully removed. If a pit mark remains under these areas after erasing, it may be rust and you should contact our customer service for further information.
Yes, there is a significant difference in cleaning and reprocessing of instruments made from stainless steel or from aluminium. To avoid damages to aluminium instruments only non-alkaline, neutral cleaning agents may be used in combination with fully demineralized water. You will find further and more detailed information in our instructions for use, which you can download from our website.