Element provides testing for new UK ventilators to help fight Covid-19

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Aerospace testing provider Element Materials Technology is supporting the UK’s national drive to increase ventilator production by providing free electromagnetic compatibility and safety testing.

The testing regime is covering the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and basic safety requirements for the Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator System (RMVS) prototype being developed by a number of manufacturers, including Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Meggitt.

Before a new device can be used in medical working environments it is necessary to determine if it can perform safely and provide its essential performance without causing harm and/or electromagnetic disturbances in its appropriate operating environment. This is typically achieved by testing to applicable medical safety standards.

Safety test plans drawn up by Element’s Advisory Services team based are being used to perform the testing from its product qualification testing (PQT) laboratory in Hitchin, UK. Element has also provided EMC test plans to manufacturers who will conduct the initial phase of testing, while phase two testing will be carried out by Element from a number of its PQT facilities.

Mark Heaven, Divisional Director Global Aerospace PQT at Element said, “We are delighted to be able to offer our expertise, free of charge, to support the national effort to fight Covid-19 and are already in discussions with other medical device manufacturers to carry out EMC and safety testing on their RMVS prototypes this week. Element hopes to continue to offer our integral safety conformity services throughout this period of high demand for ventilators.”

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