MTC robots help CPAP production

The Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre has loaned two of its MiR200 mobile robots to support the production of life-saving Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices by Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains.

The MTC, along with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield which has also loaned two robots, has supplied the robots to help engineers in the production of 10,000 CPAP devices to help COVID-19 patients in intensive care.

CPAP devices are in short supply in UK hospitals, so engineers at University College London (UCL) and Mercedes-AMG HPP worked round-the-clock to reverse engineer a device that could be manufactured rapidly by the thousands. Designs of the new breathing aid developed by engineers, working with clinicians, have been made freely available to support the global response to COVID-19.

The MTC and AMRC-supplied MiR200 is a safe, mobile robot that can automate internal transportation and logistics. The robot optimises workflows, freeing staff resources to keep team members safe during the current COVID-19 challenges and aid productivity. The robots have been working continuously by transporting parts between locations to facilitate social distancing and minimise colleague contact.

Ken Young, the MTC’s technology director, said “We were so pleased to be able to loan our robots to support the great work that is happening at Mercedes-AMG HPP. Improving worker safety is always a key factor for any organisation and with social distancing being so important at the present time it’s a pleasure to offer any of our equipment or resources to help.”

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