Best known for their vacuums and fans, Dyson has developed the CoVent, a new ventilator "designed and built from scratch," according to the BBC. And according to Dyson's statement (reprinted on ITV News), it appears the company pulled this off in just days:
Since I received a call from Boris Johnson ten days ago, we have refocused resources at Dyson, and worked with [medical company] TTP, The Technology Partnership, to design and build an entirely new ventilator, The CoVent. This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently and at volume. It is designed to address the specific clinical needs of Covid-19 patients, and it is suited to a variety of clinical settings. The core challenge was how to design and deliver a new, sophisticated medical product in volume and in an extremely short space of time. The race is now on to get it into production.
The Dyson Digital motor sits at the heart of the new device and the motor's design is optimised to have a very high level of intrinsic safety, making it particularly well-suited for industrial, high volume production. The device is designed to achieve a high quality air supply to ensure its safety and effectiveness, drawing on our air purifier expertise which delivers high-quality filtration in high-volume products.
The CoVent attached to a hospital bed
The UK government has put in an initial order of 10,000 units, but it looks like Dyson will make at least 15,000:
I am proud of what Dyson engineers and our partners at TTP have achieved. I am eager to see this new device in production and in hospitals as soon as possible. This is clearly a time of grave international crisis, I will therefore donate 5,000 units to the international effort, 1,000 of which will go to the United Kingdom.
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