Viessmann has converted part of its production facilities in Germany to make ventilators, mobile intensive care units, respiratory protective face masks and hand sanitiser.
Production lines of the German family business normally reserved for heating and cooling products have been transformed within days to make completely new products. Engineers have collaborated with clinicians and regulators to fast-track new medical equipment .
The manufacturer has designed and developed a new modular intensive care unit, which could make a fundamental contribution to the care of seriously ill COVID-19 patients. One of the production lines that usually makes wall-mounted gas boilers is now making a Viessmann-designed ventilator. The design of the Viessmann boiler, which includes electronic gas and air connections, lent itself perfectly to the development of a simplified ventilator in a very short space of time, says the company.
The compact ventilators are mobile, working both as a standalone solution with an oxygen cylinder – which means they do not necessarily need the technical infrastructure of a hospital – or can be connected to the hospital’s oxygen supply.
The ventilators meet the requirements for invasive ventilation of COVID-19 patients and, once special approval has been granted, production of more than 600 ventilators per day is feasible. Viessmann is in contact with the authorities in many countries to investigate possible local use.
Max Viessmann, co-chief executive officer, says: “The way we deal with the Coronavirus crisis today will determine how we remember this time in the future, hopefully with pride and the awareness of having achieved a new dimension of solidarity.
“It goes without saying, that Viessmann is aware of its social responsibility in times of crisis and that we are now strengthening it once again. The whole thing will only end when it is over for everyone – worldwide. Fighting the current pandemic requires cohesion, team spirit and creativity to make the best out of the current challenging situation. I experience these qualities every day with around 12,300 members of the Viessmann family. I am extremely proud of this.”
Viessmann has also created and manufactured disinfectant and respiratory protective face masks, which are being donated to hospitals and care facilities around its Allendorf headquarters in Germany.