MecWash AVD commissioned for Nightingale hospital supplier
Duncan Riches, stores manager at BNOS Meditech, with the AVD at Meditech’s production facility in Halstead, Essex
MecWash has announced that it has supported the healthcare industry during the coronavirus pandemic by supplying BNOS Meditech with a new AVD ultrasonic washer.
North Essex-based medical equipment specialists Meditech supplied medical oxygen equipment to the Nightingale hospitals during the peak of the pandemic and turned to MecWash for its cleaning requirements, following a dramatic increase in demand caused by COVID-19.
The medical equipment specialist markedly increased production of medical gas regulators, flow meters and resuscitators throughout 2020, and the requirement to upscale its cleaning capabilities resulted in the purchase and commissioning of a new MecWash AVD machine.
Stores manager at Meditech, Duncan Riches says: “It has been an extremely busy year production-wise for our complete range of products. At the busiest time we saw an increase in business of around two years’ worth of orders in the space of 10 days and our existing ultrasonic washer wouldn’t cope with the demand. Our new MecWash machine takes a huge quantity of parts compared to our last one.”
The exacting requirements of cleanliness for parts in the healthcare industry meant Meditech turned to MecWash for a machine to aid removal of machining swarf and oils from the production process.
Duncan Riches comments: “If the parts aren’t cleaned properly, there may be remnants of swarf from the production process. Given the items we produce are for resuscitators and oxygen regulators, the last thing we need is contamination of the oxygen supply. The cleaning quality of the MecWash machine gives us full confidence that everything we produce is cleaned to the highest of standards.”
MecWash has a long history of supplying companies within healthcare and the production of healthcare devices, both in the UK and overseas.
MecWash managing director, John Pattison enthuses: “We’re delighted to have played a part in supporting the healthcare industry during an incredibly challenging year. Immaculate cleaning of parts is crucial in medical applications, and MecWash has an excellent reputation for facilitating this, having previously supplied machines to clean items ranging from knee replacement and other orthopaedic implants, to parts for dental systems.” Established in 1993, MecWash Systems Ltd specialises in the design and manufacture of a complete range of aqueous parts cleaning and degreasing systems for metal and plastic engineering components. Its capabilities include laboratory analysis of complex component cleaning issues and specifying or developing specialist detergents, plus the ability to design special processes and parts washers for particularly difficult cleaning challenges.
MecWash parts washers are used in the aerospace, automotive, defence, general engineering and medical industries. It specialises in achieving high cleanliness standards for components with intricate geometries, difficult substrates or tenacious contaminants. Its parts washers support the full range of engineering processes, including machined castings, forgings, turned parts, pressings, extrusions and mouldings.
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Riley Surface World supplies critical machinery to VentilatorChallengeUK
Rileys Surface World is proud to have supported the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium with the delivery of two machines critical to the manufacture of ventilators for the fight against Covid-19.
Rolls Royce PLC and GKN Aerospace each have a Kerry Microsolve 250M Ultrasonic Cleaning Machine delivered to their design and manufacturing plants in Filton (Bristol, UK) and Cowes (Isle of Wight, UK), supplied by Riley Surface World.
These quality machines use ultrasonic frequencies to clean parts to a very high specification, essential to parts used in the manufacture of ventilators for medical use.
Many of the consortium members are long term customers and the trust earnt by Rileys Surface World has played a significant role in ensuring rapid delivery of these machines.
“We really appreciate all the stops you’ve pulled out for us on this,” says Martin Williams, chief industrialisation engineer, Rolls-Royce UK.
“I couldn’t be happier. This will make a world of difference to our production flow,” says Glyn Lavell ChPP| programme manager, GKN Aerospace UK
The supply of these machines demonstrates the strength of Riley’s team even in these difficult times.
The first used Kerry 250M was available from stock in Riley’s 5,000 m2 warehouse, having been bought from Thales UK in January to ensure availability of these popular machines.
This machine has been supplied refurbished by Riley’s in-house engineering team in conjunction with long term partner CRV controls. A range of critical spares, commissioning and training is also being supplied alongside the guarantee to confirm Riley’s commitment to supporting the consortium and the NHS.
The second used Kerry 250M machine was sourced from Riley’s industry network as soon as a need was identified across the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium. Once found, Riley’s moved quickly to place the machine with GKN Aerospace over just one weekend.
Riley Surface World thanks its key partners in recognising the importance of these machines and supporting their rapid delivery. CRV Controls has provided engineering support and on-site commissioning and training. The hauliers have also been excellent support responding same day because of the speed of delivery of this project.
The VentilatorChallengeUK consortium includes leading UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors such as Airbus, BAE, Ford, GKN, Rolls Royce, Thales and McLaren F1.
The consortium has come together to produce medical ventilators for the UK. The UK Government has placed orders for ventilators to be delivered as soon as possible and the consortium is making rapid progress.
Ventilators are essential to the NHS and the consortium is supporting existing suppliers to expand production and adding new Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator Systems to the supply chain.
Riley Surface World was established in 1968. It has developed from a traditional machinery merchant into a global marketing platform for the surface finishing industry. It has a huge range of new and used plant and machinery in stock and online, and provides technical consultancy, factory clearances, decommissioning, online auctions and a wide range of asset realisation services to companies worldwide.
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