Mar 23, 2020

Beckhoff supports medical technology companies

International fight against the coronavirus

The coronavirus is keeping the world in suspense. With China already having survived the peak of the pandemic, the number of infections is currently increasing exponentially in Europe and the U.S. Many countries have now imposed curfews and other drastic measures on their people to stem the spread of the virus which can trigger the dangerous lung disease Covid-19. Meanwhile, scientists are searching for a vaccine that can protect high-risk groups from the coronavirus, and medical technology companies around the world are currently working overtime to produce much-needed equipment, in some cases with Beckhoff technology.

Ventilators for German intensive care units

A family-owned German company was recently asked by the federal government to manufacture 10,000 ventilators to increase the number of currently 28,000 in German intensive care units by about one-third. As a rule, such ICU beds include a ventilator on which patients with severe cases of Covid-19 must rely. The goal is to provide each patient with the kind of treatment he or she needs.

To produce and test the highly complex ventilators, the company needs industrial PCs from Beckhoff. In addition to the fast delivery of the ordered hardware, Beckhoff has offered the company support in control cabinet construction, assembly activities, and programming. Beckhoff is committed to ensuring that the order gets filled as quickly as possible so that as many lives as possible can be saved.

Making this happen, however, requires more than the increase in ICU capacity. Most of all, it is critical that the entire population complies with the protective measures ordered by the federal government and the states. It is the only way to slow down the rate of infection.

Coronavirus tests for patients in the U.S.

The number of people infected with the coronavirus has also increased dramatically in the U.S. in recent days. To detect and treat as many infections as possible, a U.S. company is currently churning out as many special coronavirus test sets as it can. To meet the great demand for test sets, the company must rapidly expand its production capacities with additional machines and upgrades of its existing equipment. This is where reliable and powerful industrial PCs, software and drive technologies from Beckhoff come into play.

Beckhoff Switzerland offers support to medical technology customers

While the coronavirus is currently throwing many jobs into turmoil, the need for medical technology resources is rising rapidly. Companies need to increase their human resources in many areas in order to ship their rush orders for urgently needed medical equipment as quickly as possible. Our Swiss subsidiary supports two such customers in the medical technology field. One builds life-saving ventilators, the other provides diagnostic coronavirus tests. Both companies can depend on support from Beckhoff Switzerland.

By providing state-of-the-art technologies as well as the experience and know-how of its employees, Beckhoff is contributing actively to the fight against the coronavirus.