RADAN “a Key Enabler” as Bolger’s Ventilator Components Output Ramps 5X
A contractor to the medical industry suddenly saw its order for Intensive Care ventilator components leap from 4,000 a week to over 18,000. And that increase in production looks like continuing into early 2021.
Custom enclosure and hardware specialists, Bolger Engineering, have been manufacturing high quality assemblies and fabrications as a trusted partner to their OEM customer base for over 40 years. They provide end-to-end solutions, including full contract manufacturing and supply chain services across multiple verticals.
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, they were contacted by their long-standing medical customer, Medtronic – the global leader for ICU ventilators. They were already manufacturing components for Medtronic’s Puritan Bennett PB 980 and Puritan Bennett PB 840 high performance ventilators at their purpose-built facility in Shannon, Ireland. The ventilators are primarily for critically ill patients requiring high intensive care. Due to the spread of COVID-19, demand jumped to unprecedented levels, and Medtronic needed to produce 500 units a week, instead of 100…which meant Bolgers needed to ramp up their production of individual parts.
Sales Manager, Paul Collins, explains they quickly identified ways of adapting to increase manufacturing capacity, including bringing in 35 more people and implementing new shift patterns to move to a 24/5 operating model. He says it also became clear that their RADAN CAD/CAM software from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence would be a key enabler to manage what he describes as a ‘major leap.’
About the Company
Name: Bolgers Engineering Ltd.
Business: Custom enclosure and hardware specialists
Key benefits achieved
- Key enabler in increasing production from 4,000 ventilator components a week to 18,000
- Optimises sheet utilisation
- Enables components to be profiled within extremely tight tolerances of +/- 0.2 mm