Formula 1 teams are to help in supply of ventilators

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Unipart and Smiths... maybe Nick Rogers can help out with some period-correct black crinkle finish :)

Seriously though, well done to Smiths for releasing their IPR in this time of need.
British technology firm Smiths Group says it is making the details of one of its ventilators available for other manufacturers to produce, in an attempt to tackle the shortage of equipment.

It comes as British engineering firms have been called on to switch to making medical ventilators, which helps breathing by getting oxygen into the lungs and removing carbon dioxide.

The group's Smiths Medical unit is also ramping up its own ventilator production, as well as providing intellectual property and advice to other companies to make its PARAPAC Plus lightweight ventilators.

A spokesperson said: "We are doing everything possible to substantially increase production of our ventilators at our Luton site and worldwide."

Ford, Honda, car parts firm Unipart, digger maker JCB, and aero-engine maker Rolls Royce are among companies looking into the feasibility of switching some production.

Japanese carmaker Nissan is also looking at manufacturing ventilators, as it confirmed it is halting UK vehicle production for the foreseeable future

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GTech swaps vacuums for ventilators in bid to ease NHS coronavirus supply crisis
Worcester home appliance firm said supplies could be made available within days after engineers began work on project at weekend.
A Midlands company which specialises in making home and garden appliances has designed a medical ventilator to be used in hospitals in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Gtech said the ventilator could be manufactured in a “matter of days”, amid concerns that critical care facilities in the UK will come under pressure as the crisis intensifies.
The owner of Gtech began working on the project on Sunday, when the Government’s chief commercial officer asked if the company could assist in increasing the number of ventilators in the UK.
With current stock at around 8,000, Nick Grey, owner of Gtech, said he felt “compelled” to respond to calls for help from the Government.
“At first I thought it was a hoax – being asked if I could assist in making up to 30,000 medical ventilators in as little as two weeks,” he said.
“When I realised that this was a genuine need I felt compelled to help.”
A video of the ventilator in action is being presented to both the Government and NHS on Friday, as well as a design outline and parts specification.
Gtech, which is based in Worcester, specialises in making cordless vacuum cleaners and garden power tools.
Mr Grey purchased a medical ventilator as a point of reference and tasked his engineering and model-making team with designing a prototype on Monday.
Following initial difficulties with how to provide the oxygen supply, the company said the “breakthrough” was to re-purpose an everyday syringe into an oxygen-powered ram.
A valve directs oxygen into the syringe which squeezes a self-inflating air container – delivering 400ml of air directly into the patients’ lungs.
Gtech said a second syringe acts as a timer and once the “breath” has been delivered, it resets the ram ready for the next cycle, while waste gas is fed into a reservoir to enrich the patient’s air supply.
The ventilator is driven and controlled entirely from the hospital oxygen supply, meaning there is no need for electricity.
Mr Grey said: “We designed the ventilator entirely from parts that can readily be made from stock materials or bought off-the-shelf.
“This means that if Government approves and wants Gtech ventilators they can be made by almost any engineering and manufacturing company.
“Gtech could produce around 100 per day within a week or two providing we could find steel fabrication and CNC machining companies to help us make some of the parts.”
The company said it plans to produce two more ventilators, which it will submit to the Government for assessment.
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/m ... d-17955899

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Government orders 10,000 ventilators from Dyson.
"The firm, headed by British inventor Sir James Dyson, said it had designed a new type of ventilator in response to a call on behalf of the NHS.
The order is still subject to the devices passing stringent medical tests but that is expected to happen quickly.
Dyson has had hundreds of engineers working round the clock to design the ventilators from scratch."
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52043767

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mab01uk wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:43 pm
Government orders 10,000 ventilators from Dyson.
"The firm, headed by British inventor Sir James Dyson, said it had designed a new type of ventilator in response to a call on behalf of the NHS.
The order is still subject to the devices passing stringent medical tests but that is expected to happen quickly.
Dyson has had hundreds of engineers working round the clock to design the ventilators from scratch."
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52043767
This is fantastic news, and don't want to detract from that, but on a lighter note, if they use their hand dryers as a basic design, I do hope they de-tune them a bit .... :D

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From Wikipedia:Ventilator
In the United Kingdom, the East Radcliffe and Beaver models were early examples. The former used a Sturmey-Archer bicycle hub gear to provide a range of speeds, and the latter an automotive windscreen wiper motor to drive the bellows used to inflate the lungs

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The Royal Mint is to manufacture medical visors for the NHS. Engineers at the Royal Mint have created an approved medical design in 48 hours. The first visors are already in use in hospitals in South Wales. The Royal Mint is to begin mass manufacturing medical visors for the NHS next week to provide critical protection for frontline staff.

A sportswear factory in Northern Ireland has changed tack to produce scrubs and facemasks for healthcare workers. Around 150 staff are working to meet an order of 5,000 scrubs.

Dogs are being trained by scientists to see if they can detect coronavirus through their sense of smell. It follows earlier research that showed that dogs can detect malaria. If successful, the dogs could be stationed at airports after the epidemic to prevent the disease returning.

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Pleased that Dogs are being trained to smell out this stuff .. Dogs can & do help out Humanity in so many ways. :)

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Coronavirus: Mercedes F1 to make breathing aid
"A breathing aid that can help keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care has been created in under a week.
University College London engineers worked with clinicians at UCLH and Mercedes Formula One to build the device, which delivers oxygen to the lungs without needing a ventilator.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices are already used in hospitals but are in short supply.
China and Italy used them to help Covid-19 patients.
Forty of the new devices have been delivered to ULCH and to three other London hospitals. If trials go well, up to 1,000 of the CPAP machines can be produced per day by Mercedes-AMG-HPP, beginning in a week's time.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has already given its approval for their use."
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52087002

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