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Tutco-Farnam has designed hundreds of heaters for surgical, laboratory, and patient comfort applications around the world. Over 70% of patient warming blankets in use today employ a custom Tutco-Farnam heating element.

The medical device industry has high standards. OEMs and component manufacturers must meet demanding and sometimes complex specifications. At Tutco-Farnam, we are familiar with the meticulous requisite of Class III medical device development.

Our engineers work closely with medical OEMs to develop custom heating solutions that meet and exceed the toughest tolerances. We stand by our clients every step of the way as component precision is measured and tested.

Over 70% of patient warming blankets in use today employ a custom Tutco-Farnam heating element.

Not all custom heater manufacturers are willing or able to meet the rigorous requirements demanded by the Medtech industry. Tolerances are tight and development cycles are typically longer and more involved. These are working relationships that can span weeks or years.

Medical OEMs demand exceptional components that must perform consistently and reliably use after use. At Tutco-Farnam, we are highly capable of creating solutions that stand up to the strict standards of the medical device industry.


Temperature regulation pervades the surgical environment. OEM equipment employed in surgical applications must perform reliably and with precision. IV drip warmers and surgical warming blankets provide safe thermal conditions. Heaters used for sterilization as well as dehumidification reduce operating room pathogens. Patient outcomes are drastically improved when fluids are thermally controlled and environmental conditions are sterile.

  • Specialty Instruments
    Highly custom heating elements on a per case basis.
  • Sterilization
    Custom shape, high temperature, and rapid ramp-up are staples of sterilization equipment heating elements.
  • Medical Storage Device
    We designed a heating element that merged the mounting brackets for the fan into the heating element housing to lower cost and retrofit into existing equipment.
  • IV Drip Warmer
    Outcomes are improved when fluids are prewarmed to body temperature.
  • Ultrasonic Cleaners
  • Fast Fluid Warmer
  • Syringe Heaters
  • Sterilization Trays

Patient Comfort

Medical Device OEMs rely on Tutco-Farnam for their heating element needs. Fluid, fabric, medications, and therapeutic materials are warmed by Tutco-Farnam heaters in medical facilities around the globe. From CPAPs to warming cabinets, medical devices require custom specialty heaters designed to improve patient comfort as well as medical outcomes.

  • Oxygen and Ventilation Warming
    Decompressed air is cold. Thermal control keeps gases safe and comfortable.
  • Patient Warming Systems
    Our client wanted to design a very compact warming product for use in operating rooms worldwide. The heater needed to ramp up in stages, and the product had to be very safe.
  • Warming Cabinets
    Used to warm towels, blankets, pads, and fluids for patient comfort. Also used for food holding and transport.
  • Humidity Control
    Humidity control for comfort, medicinal delivery and to reduce airborne pathogenic microbes.
  • Paraffin Bath
    Flexible heaters melt the wax for therapeutic warming of joints
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Ventilators
  • Vapor Therapy Machines
  • Hyperthermia Fluid Therapy
  • Saline Temperature Control
  • Fluid Warming
  • Warming Pads
  • Nebulizer
  • Dialysis
  • Aerosol
  • CPAP

Imaging & Diagnostics

Medical equipment manufacturers gain a competitive advantage when thermal control is properly addressed. Doctors and technicians want higher quality results from patient imaging and analytical test data. Greater resolution means better information on which to base critical medical decisions. Thermal control is a major factor in increasing quality, resolution, and speed.

  • CT Scanner
    Image quality was greatly improved by heating the internal temperatures of the apparatus. This turnkey solution including elements, blower, sensor, and controller offering even and regulated temperature inside the donut shape of a CT scanner.
  • Blood Analyzer
    A newly designed Blood Analyzing Instrument required a very specialized miniature air heater and very precise performance. No Instrument had ever performed a process like this and there had never been a heater like this.

Custom Engineering Services

Tutco-Farnam has custom engineering and manufacturing capabilities ideally suited to meet exact specifications. We work closely with OEMs to design and produce heaters for new and existing products. This is a rapidly advancing industry and we adapt to meet those demands. From small shops to Fortune 500, our manufacturing and assembly process can dynamically ramp-up to your needed capacity.

Engineering and Support are offered on a case by case basis. With our extensive heat application experience, chances are we have done something similar to your project. We can even assist you with your process design. While we generally will not design your process for you we are happy to assist.

Consult | Design | Prototype | Production

OEMs can start with a 10 piece prototype order and grow to 10,000 pieces per month all within the same company. You’ll still be working with the same sales rep and the same design engineers. The process starts with a consultation. We communicate with you to identify all the relevant details of the project. Then we render a preliminary drawing of the custom heater and construct the prototype.

Tutco has manufacturing facilities in the USA (three different cities), Mexico and China to support wherever your final assembly may be. All of these facilities are Tutco owned. While many competitors rely on partners and relationships to produce their products, our products are Tutco made by Tutco people at Tutco facilities. We have a UL recognized lab in Tennessee where Farnam is frequently a test case for new ISO standards in North America.

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