SIGN receives new lathe for making bone tools

SIGN, a Richland-based humanitarian organization that designs and manufactures orthopedic devices for repairing broken bones, has received a new computerized lathe machining tool that will double its production capacity.

The Swiss-made lathe will allow SIGN to annually make up to 40,000 of the specially designed stainless steel nails to be used worldwide.

Richard Grizzell, operations manager at SIGN, said the new machine comes just as SIGN completes a major remodel of its facility. The goal is to be able to treat up to 70,000 patients a year by 2013.

The new lathe will allow existing equipment to be used for development of new products for treating a broader range of bone injuries and deformities, said Jeanne Dillner, CEO for SIGN.