Ultraseal ramps up production to meet coronavirus ventilators call
07 April 2020
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To help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, Ultraseal International is now working around the clock in a bid to meet ventilator demand from the NHS and around the world.
The casting impregnation specialist is already a key supplier in ventilator manufacturing, providing intricate masking and powder coating on cast aluminium components used in mechanical ventilators.
To increase production, Ultraseal International has taken on 25 additional staff in its Slough factory. The production schedule has also moved to a three-shift, 24/7 cycle, up from its normal two-shift, five-day cycle.
Gareth Ridge, Operations Manager at Ultraseal International’s Slough Service Centre, said: “The decision to ramp up our production came after the UK government’s call out to the manufacturing industry and we are delighted to be able to help with the response.
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“These are challenging times for everyone, none more so than the fantastic staff at the NHS. We want to do our bit to help, and fingers crossed, with more ventilators, they can save more lives and get through this as soon as we can.”
The aluminium components which Ultraseal International process for mechanical ventilators include the housing for electronics like the screen and keyboard, along with the panels, doors and covers. The parts are powder coated to allow them to be sterilised for use in a healthcare environment and to provide a highly durable, cosmetic finish. The Slough facility usually produces 110 component sets per week, which will now be increased to 520 sets per week.
“The production process is labour intensive, as the high quality, medical standard coating finish requires substantial masking before powder coating,” said Ridge. “Along with taking on extra staff to avoid bottlenecks, we’re also using an additional unit next to our factory.”
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About Ultraseal International
Ultraseal International, a Quaker Houghton company, specialises in sealing porosity in die cast, sintered and electrical components.
For more about Ultraseal International, please visit www.ultraseal-impregnation.com
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