Anglia task force prioritises inventory and support for ventilators


Anglia has formed a task force to coordinate and allocate available inventory and FAE resources for customers designing or manufacturing ventilators and other medical equipment to help address the covid-19 pandemic.

The firm said that it would make sure that its fast-track service was resourced with a dedicated team to ensure it remained able to support all of its customers’ needs whether they are manufacturing medical equipment or not.

Anglia holds AS9120 aerospace accreditation and offers lot traceability back to the original manufacturing batch. The company said that it currently holds a high level of inventory at its Wisbech distribution centre, and that many of the devices are relevant for use in medical equipment.

Where it doesn’t have the necessary stock, the task force has been asked with working with suppliers to prioritise those deliveries.

The Anglia FAE team is also supporting the effort with its experience in terms of medical design, and the company said that it would be prioritising shipment of free development kits and samples to medical customers through its ezysample service.

Commenting Steve Rawlins, CEO of Anglia, said, “At Anglia, we are committed to supporting all of our customers, we are especially doing everything that we can to get the design and production of essential medical equipment ramped up as quickly as possible, giving our amazing NHS staff the tools that they need to save lives.

“In order to make sure that these enquiries receive high priority we have set up a dedicated COVID task force who can direct our FAE technical support and reserve any available inventory for these projects before we even receive an order – something we normally would never do.

“We are also enjoying fantastic support from our suppliers with this initiative, for which we thank them. For example, many of our suppliers are now supporting the supply to medical customers on a priority basis where we don’t have inventory ourselves, helping to greatly shorten the standard lead-times.”

He added, “Since responding to the Call for Help issued by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy we have already supported several customers in ramping up production quickly on medical ventilators and other critical products. It is worth noting that projects that need priority go beyond the ventilators themselves. We have customers for example who are involved in manufacturing critical systems which guarantee power to this vital medical equipment.”

Neil Tyler

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