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Springing into action to fight coronavirus

Posted on 05 Apr 2020 and read 382 times
Springing into action to fight  coronavirusFrom springs that go into the mouthpieces of ventilators, to catheter clips, syringe drivers, patient beds and trolley systems, instrumentation and numerous electrical components for medical technologies including defibrillators, European Springs & Pressings Ltd is ramping up the manufacturing of key components to meet demand from medical equipment manufacturers at its factories in London, Cornwall and Yorshire (www.europeansprings.com).

Stuart McSheehy, managing director of the London factory, based in Beckenham, said: “We have developed tooling and manufactured medical components for the healthcare sector for decades but today’s climate and subsequent increase in demand has highlighted the market share with which we and our customers operate in.

“We manufacture springs, pressings and gas struts for engineering companies and sub-contractors across a broad spectrum of the healthcare industry.

“Requests for rapid turnaround times has made us see the fuller picture and resulted in us operating new production schedules to meet demand.”

With one million mouthpiece springs taking around 125hr to machine, the advanced design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities at European Springs & Pressings factories are working together to maximise production.

Mr McSheehy added: “We manufacture the largest range of springs and pressings in the UK and have some of the most advanced high-volume machinery available.

“At peak, our machines can manufacture five million springs an hour and we have repurposed and up-scaled specific production lines to manage orders.

“Normally validation as a new supplier takes months of trials before volume production but in this very abnormal period we have been fast-tracking processes to suit our customers.”