NSW engineer helping state breathe easy

ELECTRICAL engineer and manufacturer Ampcontrol has designed and delivered a life-saving emergency ventilator prototype for testing in just 18 days, and has 10 pilot ventilators on the production line.
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CEO Rod Henderson with the design team

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Developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with local clinicians and Hunter Valley-based companies Safearth and NewieVentures, the emergency ventilator prototype was tested at Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital.

Ampcontrol has started production of 10 pilot ventilators, which will be clinically assessed and tested by NSW Health.

The company plans to roll out 600 of the ventilators if the need arises.

Ampcontrol managing director and CEO Rod Henderson said knowing its ventilator could help save lives in the fight against COVID-19 was incredible.

"We have been able to rapidly swing our world-leading expertise and production facilities into manufacturing critical emergency medical equipment right here in the Hunter," he said.

"It is so important that industry and government work together so that we can continue to produce innovative solutions and products here in Australia that make a difference to people's lives around the globe."