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Siemens is a longstanding partner of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa and has cooperated with it in various fields of research, including manufacturing and mining. The CSIR, an entity of the South African Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), has, in collaboration with a number of local partners including Siemens, completed work on a locally designed ventilator to be manufactured here and rolled out nationwide to patients showing respiratory distress in the early phase of Covid-19 infection.

Siemens South Africa joins National Ventilator Project

Working with the NVP consortium Siemens has provided software support to facilitate rapid production scaling of the locally designed ventilator now in production.

The ventilators will be provided to state hospitals that are in dire need due to the unavailability of adequate medical equipment. The initial requirement was for the design and manufacture of 10 000 ventilator devices and 20 000 patient circuits during July and August.

“We are proud to have been the technology partner on this project with the CSIR, to provide the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software support,’’ says Sabine Dall’Omo, Chief Executive Officer for Siemens (Southern and Eastern Africa). “Using a digital product life cycle design methodology ensures that the product can be manufactured in multiple factories in the industry and in large volumes. We are currently collaborating on a number of other initiatives simultaneously in response to help fight Covid-19. Beyond the company, we also consider it our duty to act responsibly and to do our part to help and contribute to society.”

According to Martin Sanne, Executive Manager CSIR Future Production: Manufacturing, “The clinical requirement from the National Ventilator Project was for the rapid development and distributed production of a non-invasive pre-intubation ventilation solution that could be used for most hospitalised Covid-19 patients as part of government’s response to the pandemic.”

For more information visit: https://new.siemens.com/za

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