Mahindra & Mahindra to make ventilators for less than $98

By: | March 27th, 2020

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Engineers at Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), an Indian multinational car manufacturing company have come forward to assist in combating coronavirus pandemic.

Researchers are working on manufacturing prototypes of ventilators at less than $98, which otherwise costs more than $13000. Engineers are working extra hours for the prototypes, to deal with the shortage of lifesaving medical device in India.

For simplifying the design, M&M is working with two large PSUs along with an existing manufacturer of high-spec ventilators.

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra tweeted, “So, so proud of our Kandivali & Igatpuri teams who confined themselves to the factories & without sleep produced this in 48 hrs. With humility, we will seek guidance from specialists on the usefulness of the device. Whatever the outcome, they have shown India fights back…,”

Engineers are also developing a prototype of a bag valve mask, commonly known as ambu (artificial manual-breathing unit) bag. It is a self-inflating device, normally used for the patients with breathing problems.

The company is going to have a proto-type ready in three days for approval. Pawan Goenka, MD of Mahindra & Mahindra informed, once approved this design will be made available to all for manufacturing.

Goenka said, “We at Mahindra are overwhelmed with pouring in of support from individuals and companies for our effort to make available ventilators.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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