May 4, 2020
LVD: Metalworking Companies Help The World Fight COVID-19
Every day, manufacturing impacts our lives and our world economy. In these unprecedented times, in the face of a worldwide pandemic, manufacturing is as critical as ever.
Manufacturing companies, including our industry of sheet metalworking fabricators, are hard at work producing products so urgently needed now. Here are some stories from LVD customers:
Germany: Having the capacity to produce a high volume of parts with a quick turnaround is especially important these days. Germany’s WaCo Gerätetechnik GmbH took early delivery of a new Dyna-Press electric-drive press brake so that they could ramp up production of parts for medical devices and equipment.
India: In India, where 1.3 billion residents have been on lockdown, metal fabricators are racing to produce lifesaving products for their nation’s fight against the pandemic. Jyoti CNC used their equipment and resources to design, develop, test and manufacture its new DHAMAN I ICU ventilator to treat severely sick coronavirus patients—delivering the first batch of 1,000 units to the Indian government for use in hospitals.
Indonesia: A lack of hospital supplies is a problem faced in a number of areas, including Indonesia, which has the fourth largest population in the world. Two Indonesian firms are stepping up production of beds needed for overburdened hospitals. Mega Andalan Komponen Logam and PT Matahari Leisure, both specialise in the manufacture of hospital beds and, though competitors, are aligned in this common cause.
Malaysia: The German-Malaysian Institute (GMI) in Selangor, Malaysia, is a hub for advanced skills training. GMI has been quick to respond to its country’s need for personal protective equipment, producing PPE face shields which it distributed to the Ministry of Health in Malaysia for front-line workers fighting the pandemic. GMI also used its ingenuity and onsite fabrication equipment to manufacture special “aerosol booths” used to disinfect hands, cutting transparent plexiglass panels on their LVD laser cutting machinery.
Also from Malaysia, Toyomi Engineering Sdn Bhd designed and produced the Disinfection V-Tunnel which offers head-to-toe disinfection in a contactless process. As you walk through the tunnel, a chemical-free sodium hypochlorite solution, which is safe to the skin, is administered as a disinfectant mist and ultraviolet lamps provide additional disinfection against harmful microbes.
UK: LVD customer Universal Wolf is manufacturing hospital beds for the country’s National Health Service (NHS) Nightingale Hospitals in Birmingham and Glasgow, temporary hospitals set up for the coronavirus pandemic. The Birmingham NHS Nightingale Hospital, erected inside the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), is the second of seven planned to open.