Festo assigns teams to ventilator development, protective gear manufacture

April 30, 2020

Festo North America and subsidiary Fabco-Air Inc., classified essential businesses, reported that they are continuing to supply pneumatic and electric drive technology to distributors, equipment manufacturers and end users in North America.

“Festo has launched focused coronavirus mitigation projects,” says Craig Correia, Director of Life Science & Process Industries, Festo North America. “Among several initiatives, the first is to ensure that orders for components and systems used in medical devices receive priority treatment and are rapidly processed and shipped.

“A large research and development team is working full time on a design for a quick-to-manufacture emergency respiratory ventilator. Another team alongside a partner firm is developing a concept for automated production of protective masks. This team envisions a complete production system that can be setup and shipped within a standard transport container.”

Festo LifeTech Business Unit components are used in high-speed automated laboratory devices that are essential for the types of screening envisioned for sample analysis during the pandemic. Festo LifeTech components are also used by certified respiratory equipment manufacturers. Festo does not manufacture that equipment itself.

In addition to the medical and manufacturing sectors, Festo is keeping its overall production and logistics systems sound for the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and packaging industries as well as for washing systems for hospitals and care facilities.

Festo is encouraging the use of the company’s online resources, including the 24/7 online shop, for placing orders and checking delivery status, and online product configuration and engineering tools. The company continues to take measures to ensure continuity of production, while protecting the health and safety of employees, suppliers and the public, it reports.