Hi-tech products and instrumentation engineering specialists Vision Engineering innovate to ‘impossible’ timescales during the search for fasttrack therapeutic solutions during the first wave of COVID-19 in 2020.
The Qimtek platform was the catalyst for Oxford Optronix to brief Vision Engineering to support their clinical product development in 2020. Vision Engineering Manufacturing and Optical Services (VEMOS) has been members of Qimtek since March 2020, and have developed valuable relationships a wide variety of clients in a variety of sectors, but this project required unprecedented speed and responsiveness in stemming the tide of a deadly global pandemic.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure medical devices (cPAP) provide vital respiratory support by applying mild and continuous positive air (and oxygen) pressure to keep the airways open in patients who are able to breathe spontaneously; thereby helping them breathe and take up oxygen more easily.
The alternative is mechanical ventilation, which is intrusive and requires an intensive care bed. As such, cPAP played a vital role in the treatment of majority of patients, reducing demand for intensive care beds and allowing ventilators to be reserved for the most critically ill patients and helping the NHS deploy resources more efficiently.
VEMOS was selected through the Qimtek Advertising platform to answer the call to manufacture and deliver essential components for a project to deliver 2000 new oxygen flow monitors. The result is Flo-Ox™, a portable, pole-mountable, bedside oxygen concentration monitor for mechanical CPAP devices. The monitor was developed in response to an emergency COVID-19 call by the National Health Service (NHS) in just 8 days including regulatory compliance.
A temporary waiver was awarded by the UK MHRA for Flo-Ox™ being for patient use for the treatment of COVID-19. This was granted because VEMOS had proved they were close to completing ISO 13485 certification. Flexibility attributed to the state-of-theart machine shop enabled VEMOS to support this urgent requirement immediately.
From receipt of the purchase order Vision Engineering had prototyped the first units for review in 4 days, and immediately after approval were able to tool up and deliver the first 200 production units a week later. Given that this all occurred over Easter 2020, it presented a challenge the team rose to and met with enthusiasm.
Looking to the future, both Vision Engineering Manufacturing and Optical Services and Oxford Optronix are keen to keep working together, as well as continuing to use the Qimtek network for their respective business needs. In addition to this, VEMOS boasts a dedicated Vision Optics division, which enables customers to benefit from their expertise in quality optics – while at the same time benefiting from exceptional pricing.
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