ABB Electrification to Offer Free Digital Solutions Throughout 2020
From remote monitoring and diagnostics for uninterruptible power supplies for critical healthcare applications to energy and building management solutions for utilities, commercial and industrial facilities, ABB Electrification is providing the tools
that address critical infrastructure needs.
Thru December 31, 2020, ABB Electrification will waive its fee for 12 months for all new subscriptions for its iUPSGuard software
for hospitals as well as for all new or renewed subscriptions for its ABB Ability™ Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) capabilities.
At the current time, reliable power distribution is especially critical for hospitals and healthcare applications. Read how
hospitals can benefit from these cost-free solutions.
Meanwhile, ABB also is offering a
number of solutions cost-free from the
ABB Ability Marketplace™, which are designed to enhance operational efficiencies and security for businesses remotely. These solutions support facilities
in their current efforts to maintain critical operations while minimizing onsite workforces.
Any customers who wish to take advantage of the free-of-charge software solutions should contact their local ABB Electrification sales representative.
Hologic's Molecular Test for the Novel Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization
Hologic has created a
highly accurate, fully automated test that detects genetic material from SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus strain, in under three hours.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Hologic's Panther Fusion® SARS-CoV-2 test,
which identifies the virus causing COVID-19.
Hologic began research for a new coronavirus test shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak emerged in China. The company's development and manufacturing teams have worked around the clock to create the test and prepare for its market rollout.
The test was the first COVID-19 diagnostic product to receive development support from the U.S. government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.
The agency's partnership includes nearly $700,000 in funding.
Honeywell Ramps Up Production of N95 Masks
To address the growing demand for masks during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, Honeywell is quickly
ramping up production and making millions
N95 masks in the United States.
The MITA Member company also is expanding manufacturing operations in Phoenix and a factory in Smithfield, Rhode Island, which also produces UVEX safety glasses.
The expansion will allow Honeywell to produce more than 20 million N95 disposable masks monthly, and they will be delivered to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to
support health, safety, and emergency response workers.
N95 masks provide respiratory protection and "reduce the wearer's exposure
to airborne particles, from small particle aerosols to large droplets," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "N95
respirators are tight-fitting respirators that filter out at least 95 percent of particles in the air, including large and small particles."
Medtronic Shares Ventilation Design Specifications to Help Increase Global Ventilator Production
Medtronic announced it is
publicly sharing the design specifications for the Puritan Bennett™
560 (PB 560) to enable participants across industries to evaluate options for rapid ventilator manufacturing to help doctors and patients dealing with COVID-19. This decision is consistent with the recent Food and Drug Administration Guidance and
in accordance with the public health and medical response of governmental agencies globally.
This ventilator's ability to be used in a range of care settings, as well as its technology and design, make it a solid ventilation solution for manufacturers, inventors, start-ups, and academic institutions seeking to quickly ramp up ventilator design
and production. PB 560 product and service manuals, design requirement documents, manufacturing documents, and schematics are now available at Medtronic.com/openventilator. The PB 560 design specifications are available today, software code and other information will follow shortly.
Siemens Connects Healthcare Providers and Medical Designers to Produce Components Through Additive Manufacturing
Siemens is making its Additive Manufacturing (AM) Network along with its 3D printers, available to the global medical community to speed design and production of medical components. The AM Network connects users, designers, and 3D-print service providers
to enable faster and less complicated production of spare parts for machines like ventilators. The Siemens AM network is
available globally and covers the entire value chain—from
upload and simulation to checking the design up to the printing process and associated services.
Starting immediately, doctors, hospitals, and organizations in need of medical devices, as well as designers and service providers with medically certified printing capacities, can
register for free access to the Siemens AM Network.
Siemens' designers and engineers are a part of the AM Network, so they can answer design requests and help convert designs into printable files. Afterward, these components can be printed via medically certified 3D printers of partner companies that
are also part of the AM Network. In addition to numerous 3D printers from partner companies, Siemens' 3D printing machines are also connected to the network and, if suitable, will also be used to locally print components and spare parts for medical
Siemens Digital Industries Responded to the White House's Call to Make Online Learning Resources More Accessible
Siemens Digital Industries Software is providing complimentary access to two sets of educational offerings on TechforLearners.org –a searchable online database of education technology tools. The site now features
Siemens K-12 and
Siemens Higher Ed and Workforce Development software. These professional software and learning offerings address all aspects of the product
development process, including CAD/CAM simulation. Manufacturing, design and engineering jobs worldwide are currently unfilled due to the growing skills gap. With these tools, students at all educational and experience levels can develop
the technical skills needed to prepare for Industry 4.0 through a comprehensive solution of tools, technical expertise, and strong industry collaboration.