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Modular manufacturing respiratory medical devices & applying robotics insight for hospitals

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Respiratory medical devices to be used in fighting off COVID-19 are being manufactured by a Shannon company who are utilising their robotic experience while doing so.

Modular Automation are a leading supplier of automation solutions for medical device multinationals and a key partner to respiratory device manufacturers.

They are currently involved in designing new solutions for the manufacture of respiratory medical devices used in the fight against the Coronavirus. They have significant experience in robotics and bring that to develop high tech machines that can manufacture respiratory and other lifesaving products faster, safer and to a higher quality.

Staff at Modular have been mobilised to focus on the development and build of machines and solutions that will be used in dealing with the virus. Their team of machine builders, design and software engineers are supporting their customers to scale up production of lifesaving hospital equipment.

“We feel very privileged and proud to be partnered with leading medical device manufacturers, it’s very rewarding to play our part by developing innovative manufacturing solutions that results in lifesaving devices reaching patients sooner. Our customers need to manufacture products quicker than ever before and we are working hard to get those machines to our customers quickly, Vivian Farrell, CEO of Modular Automation said.

In new product development, technical advisor Mike Lane is leading the development of a mobile robot sterilisation solution for hospitals. Modular has previously deployed robots and autonomous vehicles into manufacturing environments, they are now applying those same technologies to a hospital environment.

He explained, “UV light can be used to clean surfaces contaminated by bacteria and viruses, UVC light is proven to be effective against other coronaviruses such as SARS. We are combining UVC light with mobile robots to create a sterilisation solution that can be used in hospitals. A robotic sterilisation solution has many advantages over conventional methods of cleaning infected areas; it’s quicker, more accurate and because it uses robots it means people are not placed at risk”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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