COVID-19 CRISIS technology to solve ventilator shortage

they could meet stringent health industry certification requirements despite never having been involved in the industry. Now, the Ventilator Challenge

Consortium has been established, which brings together major UK technology giants to begin rapidly building ventilators and breathing apparatus by Smiths Medical that is already certified and in use. The consortium is led by the High Value

Manufacturing Catapult, a group of manufacturing research centres in the UK that includes Williams Advanced

Engineering, Airbus, GKN, Rolls-Royce, Thales, Siemens, Mclaren and BAE Systems. One of the projects is to rapidly produce an initial batch of 5,000 Smiths Group ParaPAC300 ventilators for the NHS. Under the leadership of the Catapult,

such giants of advanced engineering are the best placed to step up to the challenge and ensure the country’s health service does not run out of capacity if the number of critically ill patients continues to rise into the summer months.


Planning permission has been granted for the development of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) facility, which will be situated on Netherton Campus at the centre of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) in Renfrewshire. The local planning authority gave the

go ahead to plans for the energy carbon neutral building, which comes complete with a distinctive heather coloured façade. It will include a skills academy, a fully digitalised factory of the future and a collaboration hub. It will also help support manufacturing and engineering firms of all sizes and from all sectors across the country and internationally to innovate and grow their businesses.

NMIS is a group of industry-led

manufacturing research and development facilities where industry, academia and the public sector work together on ground-breaking manufacturing research to transform productivity levels, make companies more competitive and boost the skills of our current and future workforce. Work is well under way on the

development of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) and NMIS will play a key role in its success, attracting manufacturers to locate there. Construction is well under way on the district’s enabling infrastructure, funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

❱❱ Entries to the Create the Future Design Contest must be submitted by 1st July 2020


The 18th annual Create the Future Design Contest, a challenge open to engineers and innovators from around the world to design the next great thing, has been launched with this year’s entries being invited for submission by the end of June. The grand prize winner will receive

worldwide recognition and a cash sum of $20,000 (£16,290) for an innovative product that benefits society and the economy. Previous Create the Future Design Contests have produced more than 15,000 design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs and students in over 100 countries. The Create the Future Design Contest

brings attention to product designs that enhance humanity, improve quality of healthcare or help to provide sustainability. Previous grand prize-winning entries include a small, self-contained device for organ and limb transport and an economical rapid screening device to prevent food-borne illness. The Create the Future Design Contest

was created in 2002 to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The grand prize winner will be chosen

❱❱ NMIS facility in Renfrewshire to include skills academy and digitalised factory of the future

from the winners in seven entry categories: aerospace and defence, automotive/transport, consumer product design, electronics/sensors/IoT, manufacturing/automation/robotics, medical, and sustainable technologies/future energy.

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