After switching from producing a recording player to a hand sanitizer, the audio brand VPI Industries also began producing face masks and 3D printing components for ventilators.
In another view from ingenuity during the coronavirus crisis, US-based VPI Industries has turned towards making face masks and components for ventilators to help increase the number of available medical equipment.
To make face masks, staff members take clear plastic covers from their brochures to be used as protectors and foam wrappers applied as forehead strips. Turntable drive belts are used for headbands. More than 100 of these face masks have been sent for use at local hospitals.
Because VPI relied on 3D printing machines to help produce their tonearms, the company turned to its local 3D printing partners to make specialist parts for hospital ventilators, with company president Mat Westfield asking suppliers to help provide clear plastic materials.
The call was successful and the received clear plastic material allowed the VPI to make intubation hoods – which add another layer of protection to help medical professionals treat patients – for local hospitals in the region.
Mat Weisfeld commented: “I am proud of the efforts of the VPI team and its partners in making vital medical equipment. When I delivered a hand sanitizer and mask to one of our local hospitals, I was truly humbled by the senior medical personnel I met who very happy with what we can supply. At VPI, we will continue to do our best to help what we can during this difficult time. “
This is another positive sign with companies gathering their resources to help in the fight against corona virus. Tesla has created his own scheme for ventilators, while British household maker Dyson is in the process of building several thousand ventilators.
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