The multi-award-winning, St-Helens based company normally design and manufacture simulators for teaching doctors and surgeons how to safely perform tasks such as keyhole surgery.
However, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to grip the UK throughout March, they realised they were in a unique position to help the fight against the virus on multiple fronts.
CEO Dr Elliot Street said: “The various products needed by frontline healthcare staff in the fight against the pandemic have been well publicised over the last few weeks with two items (ventilators and PPE) becoming overnight household words.
“Having seen the overwhelming demand for these items and knowing the unique position we as a company are in to design and manufacture both, we took the decision to convert our manufacturing lines to aid in the production of ventilators and face visors in the hope that we can do our bit in the fight against COVID-19.”
Inovus were awarded the Excellence in Manufacturing award and also the overall accolade of the Invest St Helens Business of the Year Award at the 2019 awards in November.
They manufactured components for ventilators with the help of their state-of-the-art 3D printer and also designed an emergency face visor, using the same printing technology to enable large-scale manufacturing and supply.
Within a week of the first request for face visors, the Inovus Medical team designed and tested the product, and installed a new manufacturing and assembly line at Sherdley Road-based factory.
Demand for the visors has been overwhelming, with thousands of visors already delivered to frontline care givers across the UK.
The PPE assembly line, installed in a cleanroom.
Inovus Medical’s production-level SLS 3D printer.