According to the Economist: “Covid-19, just like war, is forcing innovation on a scale and at a pace that no government would normally contemplate. Across the public sector, what was previously unthinkable is happening. This overhaul of decades or even centuries of procedures and habits is being driven from the centre. As one Treasury official notes, his department has switched from being one that “looks for reasons to say no, to one that looks for ways to make things work”.”
We collected pieces of information from different sources about the most fascinating technological innovations happening and selected the 7 biggest ones (sources: the Economist, Corriere.it e Domusweb.it).
Best known for its vacuum cleaners and high-end fans, the British home electronics giant‘s founder, Sir James Dyson, said he has designed a new ventilator that can help ease shortages in his home country, according to CNN. The company now intends to produce 10,000 devices for the country’s National Health Service over the next month. James Dyson Designed a Ventilator in 10 days. Now He’s Making 15,000 to Fight Covid-19. The billionaire’s eponymous company plans to make 10,000 devices for the UK and 5,000 for international donation.
The CoVent meets the specifications set out by clinicians for ventilator hardware, and is both bed-mounted and portable with a battery power supply, for flexible use across a variety of settings, including during patient transportation. Because it uses a lightly modified version of Dyson’s existing Digital Motor design, the company says that the fan units needed for its production are “available in very high volume.”
After news spread that the Italian innovation firm Isinnova successfully saved lives by 3D printing ventilator valves for its local hospital, CEO Cristian Fracassi and engineer Alessandro Romaioli fielded all sorts of calls from around the world.
Many 3D-printing companies wanted to join in and help. Several countries wanted to use similar technology for their populations. But, one call started a whole new project for Isinnova’s staff in Brescia, in northern Italy.
The Italian group Oldrati started the mass production of the Charlotte valves and kit Easy Covid-19.
3. GTECH VENTILATORS
GTECH are making design details of a medical ventilator, manufactured in a matter of days, public. It is hoped that it will help in the battle against COVID-19. According to techcrunch: “Gtech’s team developed a ventilator that can be made from parts easily obtained from abundant stock materials, or off-the-shelf pre-assembled parts. The company says that it can spin up production of around 100 per day within a week or two, so long as it can source steel fabrication and CNC machining suppliers.
In addition to its own production capacity, Gtech is making its ventilator designs available for free to the broader community in order to ramp production. The company says that “there’s no reason why thousands of emergency ventilators can’t be made each day” in this way, according to an interview with Grey and CTV News. Like the Dyson model, Gtech’s design will need assessment and certification from the U.K. government and regulators before they can be put into use.”
4. USA: FORD, TESLA AND GENERAL MOTORS RECONVERSION
According to Bloomberg: “President Donald Trump caused consternation in Washington, Detroit and beyond when he tweeted on Sunday that he had given automakers the “go ahead” to start producing ventilators and other equipment desperately needed in the coronavirus pandemic. No one seemed to know what this pronouncement meant. What is clear, though, is that companies were already racing to try to determine how — or if — they could contribute. And that they recognize there will be no easy switch-over to manufacture something like a ventilator, which pumps oxygen into a Covid-19 patient’s lungs and removes carbon dioxide through a hose. General Motors Co. said Monday that it’s exploring the feasibility of building ventilators for Ventec Life Systems Inc. at a GM parts plant in Indiana. GM recently started working with Ventec to try to boost its output of the equipment.”
5. NAVANTIA AND AIRBUS FOR ARTIFICIAL BREATHING EQUIPMENT
The Spanish Government encouraged Navantia e Airbus to work in order to produce artificial breathing equipment.
6. DRAEGERWERK PRODUCING 10.000 VENTILATORS
In Germany, where there already was a good availability of ventilators for respiratory intensive care, the company Draegerwerk is going to produce, upon governamental request, 10.000 ventilators.
7. FERRARI, MERCEDES, MCLAREN RED BULL AND WILLIAMS PRODUCING 20.000 VENTILATORS
F1 teams to help with production of 20,000 ventilators amid coronavirus outbreak.
All of the teams have applied-technologies divisions that can accelerate the manufacture of ventilators.
Formula 1 teams will use their engineering expertise to make ventilators, and other equipment, needed in the battle against COVID-19
These are the Top Technological Innovations or conversion of production happening worldwide to challenge Corona Virus.
Plastic injection moulds are a key ingredient for mass production of each of these technological inventions or production reconversion. After a 40 years experience in the field, we at SCM srl (Plastic Injection Moulds) are studying solutions to serve the community in this very special historical moment. Says Luca Albrizio, CEO of the company.
About the ISINNOVA project by Cristian Fracassi, Luca says ” The idea to project and quickly produce the 3d printed valve has been a great intuition. The push for a mass production came from Oldrati group that in a very short period of time build the mould and made the production happen.