Ashok Leyland, flagship company of the Hinduja Group
and India’s leading commercial vehicle
manufacturer, has recently announced a slew of initiatives in the Ventilator
Making and Distribution efforts.
The Company, through its strong
country-wide network and its digital tools, has been at the forefront, fighting
against Covid-19 over the last few weeks in terms of providing GenSets,
operating free community kitchens, providing Personal Protective Equipment
(PPEs), masks and vehicles for sanitation of streets and campuses.
The Company has also been assisting
numerous people caught in the implications of the Lock Down, including Truck
Drivers, Migrant Workers, Underprivileged and Daily Wage earners.
Ashok Leyland was approached by the
Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu to work with and support ventilator
makers and help them improve supply chain and output capacity. In response, the
company took a holistic approach to address the entire gamut of requirements in
Covid-19 patient breathing assistance, rather than working with just one party
and one product. This included first mile, mid-range and high-end ICU
ventilators required for patients at different stages of disease progression.
This approach ensures maximum availability of ventilation at optimum costs.
After discussing with various clinical
experts and intensivists, the company identified the gap that there was no
ready solution available for relevant and robust first mile ventilation. Working
to fill this gap, a team of 50 Ashok Leyland Engineers have been working since
end-March and have now readied a simple yet intelligent ventilator, at low cost
but with all the essential features to aid First Mile ventilation including the
necessary sensors and controllers for volume and pressure monitoring, and
safeguards. The ventilator development is now complete. Testing, certification
and clinical trials will conclude in the next few weeks, with mass manufacture
of this system, starting in May, 2020.
In the mid-range and high-end ICU
ventilator segments, Ashok Leyland is working with two Chennai based Ventilator
manufacturers viz. Kriti Kare India Pvt Ltd, a manufacturer of the ACUvent
ventilators since 2014 and Phoenix Medical Systems Pvt Ltd, a 30-year-old firm who are market
leaders in infant, maternal
care products, assistive devices, and have developed an adult ventilator to support the nation in this
moment of crisis.
Under this arrangement, Ashok Leyland is
offering help with component sourcing, supply chain, logistics, man power for
production planning and in line-quality which will help both the ventilator
manufacturers to overcome the challenge of large-scale production in a short
duration of time.
MD & CEO, Ashok Leyland, said, “Our Sourcing and Engineering teams have
been working 24X7 on these three projects. We are humbled that our efforts in
developing these ventilators and support to Ventilator makers, will help the Government
to prepare themselves for the future needs of people needing ventilator care.”
Dr N Saravanan,
CTO, Ashok Leyland, said, “With this holistic
approach, covering all aspects of patient ventilation, we are able to best utilise
our strengths across functions, to make our contribution and help fight the
battle against Covid-19. The idea is to offer lean and rapid support as the
nation builds its capacities for supporting different patients in various
stages of Covid-19, with relevant solutions.”(Source: Ashok Leyland)