Posted on March 2020 By Jamie Southwell
Dyson has been officially given the green light to produce 15,000 medical ventilators from scratch to help combat the coronavirus crisis, with release plans of as 'early as mid April.'
Despite having never made them before, the British hoovering conglomerate has been given the task of producing 10,000 medical grade ventilators after it was announced Britain has just 8,000 and would need a further 30,000 to cope with the influx on patients. Following from a direct government order, the appliances company have high hopes of being able to release the devices 'within upcoming weeks' depending on whether they're able to obtain the regulatory approval expected this Friday.
The entrepreneurial founder, Sir James Dyson, has said he's determined to 'win the race' to get the machines ready before the UK hits it's peak. Having already confirmed the production of the original 10,000 taking place within the next few weeks, Sir James also declared an additional 5,000 ventilators will be built, of which 4,000 of those will be donated to other countries. Dyson's 'CoVent' model was developed in a matter of 10 days in a joined partnership with a science based engineering company located in Cambridge, called The Technology Partnership.
Mr Dyson stated the new products would need to be safe, efficient, and effective in preserving oxygen whilst remaining easily transportable, bed-mountable, and no fixed air supply. His solution to this and the short time span, was utilising technology from the company's air purifier ranges, and powering it with a digital motor, which they had formally planned to use in the design for their electric cars until the programme was shut down last year.
Other British engineering giants like Rolls Royce and JCB will equally be assisting in the duty set out by the government to help prepare hospitals so they have the required amount of ventilators in place before the predicted peak of April and May.
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