flow-meter™ is active in the design and production of devices for measurement, control and supply of fluids, particularly for applications in the medical field. During the years, the great experience conquered in Italy and abroad created the conditions to establish strict partnerships with some of the most prestigious Groups operating in the industry of the medical gases worldwide. This made flow-meter™ as a recognized and respected “center of excellence” in this field. The company’s goal is headed to face with the complexity and the continuous technological evolution in the market of medical devices.
flow-meter™ was established in 1969 by Franco Paratico. Originally, its products were principally destined to an industrial market and included standard processing instruments (flowmeters, flow switches, level switches, calibrated flanges) or specific instruments for industrial plants or machines. The experience gained in this sector brought the company to develop apparatus even for the medical sector. So doing, the range of products, be they standard or special, was widened and qualified technical resources were dedicated to improving and developing new technologies and services necessary to satisfy markets in continuous technological and normative evolution. Constant research, application and experimentation together with an international clientele and specialisation in medical and industrial sectors signifies a wealth of experience and proven scientific reputation.
CODE OF ETHICS
The Legislative Decree n . 231 came into force on 4 July 2001. This Decree transposes into the Italian legislation the international convention issues relating to the liability of legal persons. The Decree has introduced a system of administrative liability of the Company, in addition to the criminal and civil liability of the person who committed the crime. The prediction of the administrative responsibility of the Decree, involves in the suppression of criminal offenses expressly provided herein the Companies that gain interest or benefit from the commission of the offense.
Only a company able to demonstrate that it has adopted and effectively implemented , prior to the commission of the act, a “Model of Organization, Management and Control” designed to prevent the kind of crime that has occurred, can not be held responsible.
flow-meter™ has thus established its own Organization model, consisting of a set of control procedures and rules, which must be followed by the company functions in business conduct. An essential element of the “Model of Organization, Management and Control” according to the Legislative Decree 231/ 01” is the “Code of Ethics” which is herewith made public and available to third-party organizations and employees.
flow-meter™ products get applications in oxygen therapy, in suction of fluids, in anesthesia and intensive care, in ventilation therapy and, generically, in the supply of components for distribution of medical gases. This is possible only by investing in qualified human resources and developing related activities in design and technology. The strict respect of the medical field rules is absolute, receiving always from the Company management the maximum of attention.
QUALITY AND SAFETY
All medical devices manufactured by flow-meter™ respect and comply the requirements of Directive 93/42/EEC, and meet the technical specifications imposed by national and international reference standards. Before getting the official release to the production, then to the market, the developed new devices support rigorous tests, carried out both in the internal laboratory, and in qualified external centers, in order to guarantee the full compliance of all products to the foreseen conditions of use. For all medical devices manufactured by the company, the process of CE marking is carried out by applying a complete quality system EN ISO 13485. The components, manufactured in-house or in outsourcing by qualified subcontractors, support first accurate controls, then pass to the assembly, always made inside the factory, and finally the complete devices are subjected to a rigorous testing procedure before being released on the market. Careful packaging and an efficient shipping system allow safe and quick delivery to customers and distributors worldwide.
flow-meter™ international view and perspective got the Company’s distribution facilities to operate in a large number of Countries worldwide, both in areas known as modern and advanced in terms of quality of health services, and in areas experiencing strong growth in medical field. In those Countries where specific regulations are applied to allow the import of medical devices and where flow-meter™ presented its products, the procedures for obtaining the registration and approval at the local Ministries of Health have never resulted in any problems.
The production times for orders fulfillment are absolutely acceptable, in application of the operational flexibility, one of the peculiarity of Italian industry excellences, well known and recognized all over the world. flow-meter™ dedicates particular attention to the after sale service. A quick answer to clients comes always in few hours in case of any, rare, incident or not compliance, as well as the supply of spare parts or full technical assistance regarding the devices delivered to the customers. The standard guarantee period of flow-meter™ devices is 24 months.