Graham Engineering this week said it is speeding up processes to deliver extruders to the market place to address ventilator shortages.
The York, Pa.-based company said it is accelerating the delivery of its Ultra Extruders because of a spike in production by medical tubing manufacturers.
“In the past three weeks, we have seen a strong uptick in orders and inquiries from businesses in North American and the Asia-Pacific looking to add capacity for ventilator tubing,” strategic medical market manager David Madar said in a news release. “We are responding by validating available inventory, turning quotes instantly and committing to extruder supply through accelerated delivery. Now more than ever we are here to support the needs of our medical device customers globally, at a time when demands on the medical supply chain have never been greater.”
Ventilators have been in short supply due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Several companies like Ford, General Motors and Tesla have shifted their manufacturing efforts to produce ventilators for the medical device industry.
“In the United States alone, ventilator demand could be as high at ten to fifteen times pre-pandemic levels, significantly outpacing the strategic stockpile and current production capacity,” chief marketing officer Gina Haines said.
Ventilator tubing kits are sent to hospitals as single-use breathing circuits. One of the key components of the kits is corrugated tubing, which is typically made of medical-grade polyethylene with a standard inside diameter of 22mm tubing in adult kits.