TU Delft ventilation module working, production to start later this week

Jessica Vermeer
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The AIRone respirator from Delft University of Technology is finished and works, reports Dutch news outlet Nieuwsuur. If the last test phase is completed successfully, the device can be taken into production later this week. The OperationAIR team expects to produce 500 devices by the end of April.

The team began working on their device mid-March, when the urgent need for ventilation modules became clear. Their goal was to develop a simple and relatively cheap ventilation device. “Most manufacturers take years to develop equipment. We did this within two-and-a-half weeks with students,” says TU Delft professor Jaap Harlaar, initiator of OperationAIR.

An important demand was to get all essential components from Dutch suppliers. “To assemble quickly, you cannot depend on suppliers from abroad.” Apart from Delft, components are produced in Heemskerk, Veenendaal and Amsterdam, amongst others. The mass flow controllers are from Bronkhorst High-Tech in Ruurlo, whilst the control boards were produced by Interay Solutions in Burgum.

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