COVID-19 GLOBAL PANDEMIC THE ENGINEERING RESPONSE
Performance Powertrains, working with clinicians
at UCLH, is made freely available.
Handwashing is important, but keep your
metrology equipment clean, too, advises Hexagon
Manufacturing Intelligence, issuing a guide on how
to properly clean and disinfect Absolute Arms.
Reginson Engineering despatches rst 30,000
parts in support of VentilatorChallengeUK.
Director at Total Metal Products, manufacturer
of stretch bending and roll forming equipment,
thanks workforce for volunteering to put in a
weekend of work to make tooling for companies
manufacturing life-saving equipment.
FGP Systems: “We received
enquiries for quotes on Wednesday.
Purchase order placed on us to
support the manufacture of
ventilator parts on Wednesday
afternoon. Material delivered
Thursday, machine programmed and
ready to go. A massive thank you to
all those FGP personnel who have
helped run this process, including
double-shift working at FGP Systems
through Saturday and Sunday,
allowing us to release our rst 2,000
parts within four days. Parts left at
midday today Monday and start a
7-hour car journey to where they can
be assembled and made into
complete ventilators for our NHS.”
FGP Systems celebrates delivery of parts within
four days. Says another order, for 4,000, is now in
progress (above). www.is.gd/ibe z
Numatic International is now producing 10,000
face shields a day for NHS staff. www.is.gd/segino
Wilson Manufacturing gets to work over the
weekend just gone, making ventilator parts,
thanks go to many (below). www.is.gd/onigux
Manchester-based Vyaire Medical celebrates
assembly of 50 of its Bellavist 1000 ventilators in
a single day. The company is a subsidiary of a US
parent company. www.is.gd/tajanu
Mapal UK reports it is supporting ventilator
manufacturing via the supply of required reamers.
BAE Systems says its Air sector employees,
who normally produce parts for combat aircraft
including Euro ghter Typhoon, and Submarines
business are 3D-printing parts for a newly
designed face shields. In addition, it is sourcing
tens of thousands of additional face shields
through its supply chain to distribute to the NHS.
BAE Systems will deliver more than 120,000 face
shields to the NHS during April. www.is.gd/inilod
Secretary of State for DBIS, The Rt Hon Alok
Sharma, says manufacturing is critical part of the
economy in a public letter. www.is.gd/foyaso
Bespoke ventilator tool production on Walter
tool grinding machines by GT Grinding in under 24
hours celebrated. www.is.gd/wagama
Cutting tool supplier Stocdon reassures
customers that it remains operational.
MEC Medical has ramped up ventilator hose
manufacture 1,000+/day, citing health
professional that notes missing connections:
“I have heard that some trusts are receiving vital
equipment without the most vital parts – medical
gas hoses.” www.is.gd/ehoter
3T Additive says that 16,000 3D-printed
ventilator components will leave the rm in one
Machine Tools Online highlights the shipment
of another FOC machine stock machine. “And
there goes another stock machine being loaned
out, FOC, to a subcontractor in Gloucestershire,
who’s making medical parts for the Covid-19
crisis. This time it’s a 2-axis, Hardinge Cobra 42
CNC lathe with a toolholder package.” (below)
Rolls-Royce is to “gradually” restart operations
at Derby civil aerospace and defence divisions in,
according to a union that represents its workers,
says Derbytelegraph.co.uk on 8 April.
Maydown International Tools highlights how it is
helping customers tool up to make medical parts.
MP Engineering namechecks suppliers that
have helped it deliver machined ventilator
components. ITC, Matrix Tooling Services and
GF Machining included. www.is.gd/zidayi
New eld Fabrications thanks staff. “The
dedication of our team and their tireless hard work
over the weekend and coming days will enable the
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