Government orders 10,000 ventilators from Dyson



Dyson is able to draw on the company's expertise in air movement, motors, power systems, manufacturing and supply chains to design and build an entirely new ventilator.

"We have received an initial order of 10,000 units from the U.K. Government which we will supply on an open-book basis", James Dyson said on Wednesday in an e-mail to staff seen by Reuters.

The company, which typically produces household products such as vacuums and fans, will now build 15,000 ventilators, according to an email sent to Dyson employees.

"This is a highly complex project being undertaken in an extremely challenging timeframe", it added. "We aim to develop a completely different medical device created to perform separate tests in the laboratory and in humans." made the explanation. It is designed quickly, though less developed than current commercial models. Companies can not switch to different hardware overnight.

It is waiting for the green light from government.

It normally takes two to three years to design and bring a new ventilator to market, and there is concern that the NHS could run short of equipment in a matter of weeks. Biomedical engineer "Putting existing prototypes into mass production is the fastest way to deal with urgent demand", Marion Hersh told the BBC. "However, the arrangement still needs to be done properly." said. "However, there could be value in more than one option in the slightly longer term".

The companies have all sprung into action after the government said it needed another 30,000 ventilators to save the lives of patients who develop complications with Covid-19.

"Great products come from painstaking testing, refinement and a deep understanding of the context of use", he added.

"This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently and at volume", Dyson wrote of the new ventilators, called CoVent.

"Celebrating inventiveness and resourcefulness is all well and good, but this is not the top priority at the moment".

The company aims to install respiratory devices based on two designs. GM and Tesla have also pledged to make ventilators.

Airbus, Smiths, Ford and Mclaren are among a number of different firms which will be involved in the process, with the idea that some degree of output, whether that is making components or full ventilators, should ideally begin next week, said a source close to the process.

The government now has a supply of 8,000 ventilators.

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