Ashok Leyland reveals its new low-cost ventilator that is scheduled to go into production later this month.
Since the imposition of the lockdown, Ashok Leyland has carried out numerous CSR activities such as operating free community kitchens, providing gensets, and personal protective equipment as well as carrying out a number of aid activities to provide assistance to people in need such as daily wage workers, migrant workers, the underprivileged and truck drivers. The company was also approached by the Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu to work with ventilator manufacturers to improve their output capacity and supply chain. While Ashok Leyland decided to comply with the Government, it also decided to take matters into its own hands after discussing the situation with various clinical experts and intensivists and decided to develop its own ventilator to provide a more flexible response to the Government. The company setup a team of 50 of its engineers who have been working since the end of March to develop low cost yet intelligent ventilators
As a result, Ashok Leyland has now revealed its very own low-cost ventilator for those suffering from COVID-19. Its ventilator range includes a first-mile ventilator which has all the necessary sensors and controllers for volume and pressure monitoring, as well as the right safeguards. While the development of the ventilator has been completed, its testing, certification and clinical trials will conclude in the coming weeks and it is scheduled to go into production later in May 2020 itself.
The company has also been working with two Chennai based Ventilator manufacturers - Kriti Kare India and Phoenix Medical Systems to accelerate the production of mid-range and high-end ventilators by assisting them with component sourcing, logistics, manpower for production planning and in line-quality checks.
Sharing his thoughts on this initiative, Vipin Sondhi, Managing Director & CEO, Ashok Leyland, said, “Our Sourcing and Engineering teams have been working 24X7 on these three projects. We are humbled that our efforts in developing these ventilators and support to Ventilator makers, will help the Government to prepare themselves for the future needs of people needing ventilator care.”