Embraer is working with companies and research centres on technologies that can increase the availability of equipment and solutions to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Brazil.
The actions, developed jointly with Embraer’s supply chain, include the manufacturing of parts for the ventilator and respirator industry, the replacement of imported components for ventilators, the development of high-efficiency filtration systems for transforming regular hospital beds into intensive care beds, and studies for the development of simple, robust and portable respirators aimed at rapid implementation and availability.
A group of professionals has already been leading initiatives in support of a respirator factory in Brazil, with a plan to start the production of parts next week due to the emergency demand for this equipment. Embraer, in cooperation with partner organisations, has already completed the technical and production capacity analysis required to meet the identified needs.
In partnership with the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil, Embraer is also working to provide technical support for the development of biological air filter systems for air-quality control, which can convert regular hospital beds into intensive care beds. Using highly efficient filters for absorbing air particles, which are already utilised in air-conditioning systems on aircraft, the objective is to provide this solution to hospitals with immediate needs.
Another Embraer team is dedicated to analysing the manufacture of control valves and flow sensors for another respirator industry in the country, in addition to adapting an existing respirator model for use in combating COVID-19.