Halton technology company joins ventilator production amid COVID-19 outbreak


A Halton-based technology company is joining the COVID-19 fight as the world tries to keep up with the ventilator demand.

Smartricity, based in Georgetown, says it’s applying its expertise in electric motor technologies to the installation of blower motors--a critical component to ventilator machines.

The project was presented to the 4-year-old company by Baylis Medical, who is overseeing the overall production of the ventilators.

"The world is in panic mode right now,” said Smartricity Co-Founder and CEO, Michael Sonsogno.

We are seeing this virus spread and evolve daily and global demand for ventilators is in the millions. The need for this critical medical device is giving Smartricity, and other companies, the opportunity to take a look at all aspects of this essential technology”.

Various Canadian and internationally based companies are working on other components of the machines as a collaborative effort, according to Smarticity, who said they will continue to focus on building a strong collaborative supply chain while evaluating ways to improve the efficiency and performance of the blower motors to be used in future applications. 

The North American based supply chains that we develop today will benefit patients and healthcare systems around the world for years to come," added Sonsogno.

The company said it will also work on improving access to the global ventilator market for Canadian and international companies.

Sonsogno believes that there is a realization that the supply chains supporting ventilators and other medical equipment are in need of significant improvement.

I am incredibly honoured that our company is able to work on this project and I am hopeful that Smartricity and other Canadian start-ups will take a lead in improving our country's medical supply chain,” he said.

Worldwide, there have been approximately 5.11 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. Roughly 333,000 have resulted in deaths.

In Canada, there have been around 6,152 deaths over 81,324 cases.

Around 2,000 of those deaths occurred in Ontario.

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