In recent months, lives around the globe have been affected by COVID-19. In early March a coalition of midwest engineers assembled a team with individuals from UW Hospital, UW Makerspace, Delve, and Midwest Prototyping to design an open-source medical face shield design. The design is based on shields currently used in hospitals in the Madison, WI area. Once finalized, the design was released online in an effort to get as many manufacturers involved as possible.
Shortly after the release of the design Summit Medical, LLC determined they could join the scores of manufacturers coming together to create the protective equipment desperately needed by the front-line health care community.
On March 19, Summit Medical created their manufacturing plan, timelines, and developed a prototype. On March 23, they made adjustments to the second prototype and placed an order for the production materials. After just one week of collaboration with their existing suppliers, Summit Medical picked up the tooling needed to create the face shield quickly and efficiently.
On March 27, Summit Medical began manufacturing the final design of the face shield in volume. They are training office staff to assemble face shields during a time when others in their industry are facing massive layoffs.
Summit Medical’s President Kevin McIntosh was quoted saying, “The collaboration across the world to help fight this pandemic has been truly fantastic.”
In just six days Summit Medical developed the face shield, defined the manufacturing assembly process, ordered significant quantities of raw materials and released the product for manufacturing. Since the first day, Summit Medical has expanded its production capabilities daily, up to their current levels around 10,000 units/day with additional refinements being engineered.
With Summit Medical’s shift to face shield production, other Innovia Medical companies have begun implementing their own face shield production. Innovia Medical companies Network Medical and DTR Medical, located in the UK, will have the materials needed to start production later this week. Summit Medical plans to continue to elevate care and improve outcomes by making face shields and stocking the world with protective equipment for years to come.