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Emergency Ventilator

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The coronavirus epidemic has created a global shortage of ventilators.

The most likely reason COVID-19 patients are admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is severe hypoxic respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation. Ventilators pump oxygen into the blood for vital organs. They are the main treatment for patients of COVID-19 according to the WHO guide to treating COVID-19.

With so few ventilators available, the number of patients getting a ventilator is limited. The need around the world is here now.

The goal of Ocalink is to ease the global shortage of ventilators by having the ability of producing and distributing 1 million emergency ventilators.

The Emergency Ventilator Project is the creation of Organization Covid Assistance, a Canadian corporation created specifically for this project. Principals are Adam Morand, President and CTO of A4 Systems, Corbin Lowe, Partner at Hoovest Enterprises Corp, and Peter Fang, Partner at Hoovest Enterprises Corp.

Use a functional ventilator design with interchangeable and abundant components to quickly assemble and distribute 1 million Pantheon Emergency Ventilator™ by Ocalink using crowd sourced assembly lines. Each assembly line will produce 100 units per day with limited labor to minimize the number of individuals gathering in one place. The assembly lines will be replicated 400 times in multiple locations to ramp up to 20,000 units per day. Project has been built to specifications required by UK Health Authority, and both the Coastal Health Authority and Fraser Health Authority in B.C., Canada.

Teams: Crowd sourcing has been used to identify teams for all aspects of the project. From engineering, manufacturing, assembly to shipping and distribution. Teams have been sourced, vetted and trained for an identified purpose to suit the project. Teams to execute most of production have been procured, however we can still accept more clean room manufacturers and suppliers.

Subcomponents: Interchangeable subcomponents have been designed by engineering firms and are being built by dedicated teams of assembly lines. The design was chosen so as to provide the most abundance of parts available.

Regulations: Ventilators and medical equipment fall under Health Canada Interim Order in Canada and FDA Emergency Use Authorization in the USA.

Government: Prototype device has been presented for regulatory approval.

Vendors / Suppliers: We have created a Supply Chain for parts, which are being centrally purchased and shipped to each operating assembly line. Due to limited global supply we expect substitutions may have to be made along the way and have planned for that.

Engineering Firms: We have signed up over 50 engineering firms who will rapidly iterate one of the component designs and then follow through to assist with quality control of the crowd sourced assembly lines.

Manufacturing and Assembly: We have over 200 companies signed up that are manufacturing and assembling emergency ventilator units.

Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP): The Pantheon Emergency Ventilator™ is a medical device, therefore any company creating and manufacturing an item like this is required to have traceability. The ERP allows us to track every part, device, supplier, manufacturer and buyer to allow traceability of product. We have implemented the ODOO business management software which includes CRM, e-commerce, billing, accounting, manufacturing, warehouse, project management, and inventory management.

By the Numbers

1 M
Ventilators
45
Days
350 +
Interested Partners

Supply Chain

Ocalink Technologies is responding to a global demand for life-saving ventilators caused by the coronavirus pandemic by gearing up to have the ability of building 1 million emergency ventilators.

To produce and distribute the Pantheon Emergency Ventilator (PEV™) by Ocalink, an extensive supply chain of engineers, manufacturers and suppliers is being built under extremely unique circumstances. We identified the following constraints as being unique challenges that needed to be solved:

  1. Build a competent and available supply chain within 30 days
  2. Simple design that any supplier and manufacturer could plug in to
  3. Simple parts that could be made domestically or found off the shelf
  4. A QMS (Quality Management System) according to ISO 9001 standards
  5. A scalable business model to produce a lot of units very quickly
  6. All within a time frame that is difficult to execute on

1. Build a competent and available supply chain within 30 days

Companies typically spend years developing strong supply chains and developing key supplier and manufacturer relationships that often last decades. How can Ocalink Technologies develop a large supply chain in time to make ventilators available for the pandemic?

Ocalink assembled over 400 companies in the supply chain in the first 30 days. Engineers have assisted in the design and development of the product and each individual part. Suppliers are providing manufactured and sourced parts. Manufacturers are required to assemble the emergency ventilators according to precise specifications.

The 400 company supply chain was asked to bid on parts and assembly. More companies are signing on to participate every day as they hear about Ocalink. Supply chain management is accomplished with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. Ocalink is implementing ODOO business management software for CRM, e-commerce, billing, accounting, manufacturing, warehouse, and inventory management. New business management systems are coming online frequently to streamline the growing enterprise and will be utilized for product shipment and component traceability requirements.

Supply chain partners were crowdsourced from across Canada. Engineers, manufacturers, and suppliers from across the country were contacted for participation. Companies even referred other companies to participate. Partners range from small, local companies to large, international companies. A growing list of participating companies can be found under Partners on our website. Companies with ISO 13485 certification are ideal for Ocalink because they already design, produce or install medical devices. ISO 9001 certified companies operate according to criteria for a quality management system. They are also ideal candidates for the Ocalink supply chain. They already produce products requiring significant degrees of accuracy and completeness.

2. Simple design that any supplier and manufacturer could plug in to

The design and manufacturing of the Pantheon Emergency Ventilator™ focuses on essential performance features. It is an emergency ventilator with limited modes, parameters, and alarms. It is a simple, elegant design delivering a high quality output. The PEV™ has less than 50 components made mostly from medically approved plastic, steel, and brass. The parts fit together in a simple way and the ventilator fits into a modified case with a handle. The simple design meets the required standards for an emergency ventilator.

3. Simple parts that could be made domestically or found off the shelf

Parts for the machine have also been simplified. Half the parts are off the shelf. The other half are manufactured using basic machining. The emergency ventilator is designed so the parts could be purchased readymade or made by any quality manufacturer locally. Since almost all parts are made domestically, there is little risk of shipments not making it to our assembly locations. There are no complex, custom parts requiring significant time to engineer and build.

4. A QMS (Quality Management System) according to ISO 9001 standards

Currently, Ocalink has nearly 60 ISO certified companies in the supply chain. The pandemic has shut down most businesses due to shelter in place restrictions. Supply chain partners have excess capacity to provide to the Ocalink initiative.

ODOO is an ideal ERP for Ocalink. Its 30 core applications are augmented by more than 20,000 community modules. It is a user friendly and modular management system. The various modules can be implemented one at a time. This is essential to the supply chain’s structure and growth. The ERP is also easily customized. It can be tailored to meet our unique functions. In addition to standard supply chain applications like manufacturing, inventory, and human resources, ODOO will be used for traceability which is the ability to trace and identify a part’s origin backward in the supply chain and forward along distribution. A manufacturer of a medical device must adopt a method of traceability when a failure or defect may have serious health consequences. Our system is being designed with full ISO 9001 compliance in mind.

5. A scalable business model to produce a lot of units very quickly

The simple design allows a crowdsourced supply chain to be formed and managed quickly. A mass production supplier or custom machine shop both have value to the supply chain. Hiring, training, and assembly under short timeframes is doable because the product construction is not complex. Think of the instructions for a self-assembled desk and you have the concept. The simple design allows the focus to be scalability. For example, one emergency ventilator has 50 parts. One million emergency ventilators have 50 million parts. A significant supply chain is required to manage the scale.

6. All within a time frame that is difficult to execute on

Ocalink needed as automated of a process as possible for dealing with a process that is typically very manual.

New technologies have made it possible to communicate with hundreds of companies on new initiatives. Ocalink is using several technologies to build, manage and engage the supply chain during a pandemic. Face-to-face meetings simply are not possible. Video conferencing tools such as Zoom, and GoToMeeting are used extensively to replace in person meetings. Slack facilitates communication and collaboration between groups. Different channels are used for different groups and sharing documents and images can be shared across teams. Often, competitive manufacturers are seen in the same Slack channel having conversations about a common project. MailChimp is used to send surveys, messages, notices, and events to the supply chain. The technologies make immediate communication and participation possible. These automated communication techniques also rely on a simple design, reinforcing why a simple design was so necessary. It would be impossible to communicate highly specialized and custom parts with hundreds of machine shops; however, our simple designs make it easy for any supplier to “plug in” to the system.

The pandemic has set the tone for the Ocalink supply chain. Time is a luxury that has not been afforded. The company has a functional, operating supply chain that is gearing up for a production process to save lives on a global scale. The first 30 days yielded a 400-company supply chain moving to the starting line. The next 60 days will see the company make a significant contribution to the global emergency ventilator supply.