Guyson provides critical cleaning machines for ventilator challenge
Guyson International Ltd, the UK’s foremost industrial finishing equipment manufacturer, based in Skipton, North Yorkshire, is urgently building precision cleaning equipment for the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium. A consortium of significant UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors has come together to produce medical ventilators for the UK.
Guyson manufactures its Kerry branded ‘Microsolve 250’, a solvent based ultrasonic cleaning machine, which provides precision cleaning of components used in the ventilators and at present supplies them to one of the OEM ventilator makers. The Microsolve 250 Mono-Solvent system has three process stages, comprising of ultrasonic cleaning, followed by vapour rinsing and freeboard drying. Crucially the cleaning process utilising the Guyson System is already cleared by regulators and can support immediate upscaling of production.
The VentilatorChallengeUK consortium is committed to support the NHS’ requirements to treat coronavirus patients and Companies in the consortium have now received formal orders from the Government in excess of 10,000 units.
Having already supplied two existing demonstration units to the consortium, Guyson is now focusing its attention on the manufacture of new systems. Guyson employees have been diverted to this critical manufacturing task and are working longer shifts and committed itself right throughout the Easter period to deal with production of the machines. The first of the new units will follow the most recent refurbished system in 2-3 weeks, a manufacturing lead time which is usually 8-10 weeks.
Guyson has liaised very closely with members of the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium, who have offered their own resources to facilitate the fastest possible delivery. Ultimately Guyson has reacted manfully and been able to call on its own supply chain and business partners and rise to the challenge.
Mark Viner, MD of Guyson’s Blast & Wash Divisioncomments: “The response from the team here at Guyson has been immense. Everyone is very much aware of the importance of this initiative and is keen to do their bit. Our welders, fabricators, fitters, electricians and test engineers offer literally whatever it takes to get the job done. Two of our team have even made the 10-hour round trip to our electro-polishing supplier, a critical part of the Microsolve manufacturing process saving us valuable assembly time.”
“I’m very proud of the response from the Guyson team and we are all grateful to be able to play a small part in support of the real heroes on the front line in the battle with the Coronavirus.”
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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