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    Medical

    SiG community serves national need

    • By Editor
    • June 1, 2020
    • 2 minute read

    Productivity and competitiveness experts from Sharing in Growth (SiG) and its beneficiary community are helping the Ventilator Challenge UK consortium to fulfil orders from the Government.

    Sharing in Growth CEO Andy Page said: “The SiG community has made parts within hours of receiving drawings and they have supported each other with material and/or sub-tier components when necessary. It is humbling to see what can be done with focus and determination.”

    More than seven SiG beneficiaries have been making components and this includes Excel, Hyde, Martin Aerospace, Nasmyth Bulwell, NEMCO, Produmax and SL Engineering. SL Engineering volunteered for the challenge which meant assessing, quoting, procuring material and tooling, and setting up 24/7 working shifts all under the challenges of current Covid-19 restrictions. The team then managed to complete full ‘New Product Introduction’ processes, manufacture and deliver the components within a calendar week from receipt of authority to proceed.

    For their part, Produmax has implemented split shifts to produce over 60,000 brass, steel and plastic components for the airflow control units of Penlon and Smiths Medical ventilators on their lathes over the next few weeks. Gentex’s Stranraer plant manufactures the Pureflo 3000 innovative powered air-purifying respirator which provides an all-in-one respiratory, head, face, eye and hearing protection. With demand soaring for high-end medical use, Gentex used SiG’s lighthouse cell improvement concept to more than double production on their current assembly line.

    They then created two more lines, mobilised some 60 suppliers to provide 200 parts and raw materials; used their engineering expertise to build new rigs; and trained staff for additional shifts. The result is an ability to increase production to 750 Pureflo respirators a week – more than a seven-fold production rate increase.

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    SiG community serves national need

    Productivity and competitiveness experts from Sharing in Growth (SiG) and its beneficiary community are helping the Ventilator Challenge UK consortium to fulfil orders from the Government.

    Sharing in Growth CEO Andy Page said: “The SiG community has made parts within hours of receiving drawings and they have supported each other with material and/or sub-tier components when necessary. It is humbling to see what can be done with focus and determination.”

    More than seven SiG beneficiaries have been making components and this includes Excel, Hyde, Martin Aerospace, Nasmyth Bulwell, NEMCO, Produmax and SL Engineering. SL Engineering volunteered for the challenge which meant assessing, quoting, procuring material and tooling, and setting up 24/7 working shifts all under the challenges of current Covid-19 restrictions. The team then managed to complete full ‘New Product Introduction’ processes, manufacture and deliver the components within a calendar week from receipt of authority to proceed.

    For their part, Produmax has implemented split shifts to produce over 60,000 brass, steel and plastic components for the airflow control units of Penlon and Smiths Medical ventilators on their lathes over the next few weeks. Gentex’s Stranraer plant manufactures the Pureflo 3000 innovative powered air-purifying respirator which provides an all-in-one respiratory, head, face, eye and hearing protection. With demand soaring for high-end medical use, Gentex used SiG’s lighthouse cell improvement concept to more than double production on their current assembly line.

    They then created two more lines, mobilised some 60 suppliers to provide 200 parts and raw materials; used their engineering expertise to build new rigs; and trained staff for additional shifts. The result is an ability to increase production to 750 Pureflo respirators a week – more than a seven-fold production rate increase.