Engineers making a difference during COVID-19 pandemic

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Engineers across the UK continue to make a huge difference during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering their support to design and manufacture respirator devices and components for the National Health Service.

To ensure the NHS doesn’t experience a shortfall in life-saving medical equipment, the UK Government has called upon many businesses to help design, test and manufacture high quantities of respirators.

The UK Engineering community has stepped up to the challenge as many skilled Engineers within the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors have formed the VentilatorChallenge UK Consortium, working at full speed to deliver on an order to produce over 10,000 ventilators.

Whilst Formula 1 is on shutdown, several competing teams are busier than ever and have come together to support the Government call including McLaren, Mercedes, and RedBull Racing.

Northamptonshire based Mercedes AMG-HPP are also working in collaboration with University College London engineers and clinicians at UCLH to build what is known as the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices for the NHS. Trials for which are already under way at several London hospitals

In addition to this, other brands including Dyson have received an order for 10,000 ventilators, as well as Babcock International, who will be manufacturing a similar number of ventilators in partnership with Germany’s Drägerwerk - one of the largest ventilator manufacturers.

The Royal Academy of Engineering is also supporting the NHS, building a community of Engineers who can support the production of such medical devices as well as identify innovative solutions that will help tackle the virus.

Can your business help prevent the spread of COVID-19? Check out the GOV.UK for more information on how you can apply.

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