Dyson to Donate 5,000 CoVent Ventilators to Fight Covid-19 Spread
Bengaluru, NFAPost: Covid-19 pandemic has forced numerous firms and businesses to modify their business models and production lines in line with the emergency needs of healthcare agencies and governments to tackle its spread.
Dyson and Gtech are two such companies answering the UK government’s emergency call to mass-produce ventilators for treating critical cases of Covid-19.
Dyson to Build 10,000 CoVent Units to Help Covid-19 Patients
Given their immense experience in designing vacuum-based and digital-motor gadgets, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has requested these firms for supplying ventilators to the tune of 10,000 units as its first bulk order.
Dyson is reportedly working on a new ventilator design called the “CoVent” in association with The Technology Partnership (TTP). The company will be mass-producing ventilators that will mirror its existing air-purification products with Digital Motor design for delivering reliable and seamless ventilation for Covid-19 patients.
The CoVent design adopts a ready-to-assemble model from stock parts or off-the-shelf pre-assembled parts. Consequently, it can be produced quickly and at high volumes.
UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the government are yet to approve the ventilator design and production process after a thorough testing procedure.
Dyson notes that the involvement of the national healthcare agency and the MHRA will expedite the approval process during the design and development of the CoVent.
The CoVent’s ventilator hardware will meet the standard specifications recommended by the Clinicians. It will be portable, bed-mounted and battery-operated for seamless use in diversified environments.
“I am proud of what Dyson engineers and our partners at TTP have achieved. I am eager to see this new device in production and in hospitals as soon as possible,” Dyson writes in his email. “This is clearly a time of grave international crisis, I will, therefore, donate 5,000 units to the international effort, 1,000 of which will go to the United Kingdom.”
Gtech Takes Order to Build 30,000 Ventilators in a Fortnight
Along similar lines, Gtech (UK home appliance and vacuum maker) has received a UK government order for building 30,000 ventilators within a fortnight. Gtech’s design also needs to be tested and approved by the UK government just like the Dyson model.
As the company is adopting a ready-to-assemble model of ventilator hardware, it has claimed to ramp up production levels to around 100 per day in a week’s time. The company’s only constraint will be the sourcing availability of steel fabrication and CNC machining suppliers.
Gtech intends to make its designs available for free to the large community in order to maximise its production rate. “There’s no reason why thousands of emergency ventilators can’t be made each day”, the company said in an interview with Grey and CTV News.