Aston Martin are creating new respiratory devices, protective visors and gowns.
Added: 17 April 2020
Aston Martin is creating new respiratory devices, protective visors and gowns to assist with providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline NHS workers during the Coronavirus crisis.
Working with its project partner, Multimatic, Aston Martin is helping the MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre) to produce a new respiratory protection device – the intubation shield. The intubation shield is a Perspex box that goes over a patient’s upper body during procedures, protecting the medical staff. Aston Martin and Multimatic have assisted the MTC by designing and creating a tool so that the Perspex component can be made in one piece, which allows these to be stored and stacked in boxes, taking up less room in the busy wards. More importantly, it also means that the MTC can deliver the boxes at the rate required by the NHS. This brand new design has been turned around in a matter of days and is currently being trialled at the Royal London Hospital.
Aston Martin have also utilised their state-of-the art cutting machines at Gaydon, these machines are normally used to cut out intricate leather shapes for interior but are currently being used to cut out the silicone components that are being used in the assembly of the box.
The Aston Martin design team have also been working with Warwick Hospital to develop a protective visor that meets the NHS infection control guidelines. Using the latest 3D printing technology, they will be able to produce 150 protective visors each week. The first delivery was loaded into the practical Aston Martin DBX and delivered straight after Easter.
Aston Martin also received a direct request for protective gowns from the procurement departments of hospitals local to its headquarters in Warwickshire. Having sourced a suitable material, a sample gown has been submitted to the NHS with a view to starting production within a week, with plans to produce up to 750 gowns each week (subject to material availability).
Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive, Andy Palmer, said: “The local community is very important to Aston Martin so we are delighted to be able to help our local hospitals. The frontline NHS workers are protecting us from COVID-19 so we want to do what we can to try to protect them by supplying visors and gowns. Times of crisis are also times of great innovation and we are delighted to be working with Multimatic and the MTC to produce the intubation shield for the intensive care staff. Everyone we approached stepped up without hesitation and they should all be proud”.
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