Months into the coronavirus crisis, there remains a critical shortage of ventilators. 

Manufacturers around the world have expanded production, but it’s not enough to meet demand.

To close the gap, leading ventilator manufacturer Medtronic has released design specifications and assembly instructions to the public “to enable participants across industries to evaluate options for rapid ventilator manufacturing to help doctors and patients dealing with COVID-19.” 

Using open source files, any manufacturer or network can produce the Puritan Bennett™ 560 (PB 560).

This is easier said than done. Ventilators are extremely complex devices, and operators traditionally need substantial training. WIthout experience, assembly can be a daunting task.

To simplify the process, we’ve taken Medtronic’s assembly SOPs and converted them into an application bundle including interactive digital work instructions, QA, and packing.  

These digital work instructions make it easier for anyone to complete ventilator assembly correctly. The instructions are clear, visual, and include inline quality checks to prevent errors. These digital work instructions will make the assembly process significantly faster, and they’ll allow significantly more people to contribute to the cause. 

Together, the apps simplify the production, testing, and distribution necessary to ramp-up our collective capacity. 

We’re hoping that this leads to more ventilators, larger scale production, and helps existing businesses and distributed networks alike.

We’re making these instructions available for free, so if you’re interested get in touch at: covid19@tulip.co

You can learn more about the work we’re doing to help manufacturers fight Covid-19 at tulip.co/covid-19-response/.

The homescreen of the app bundle. You can navigate to each app from here.
An example of an assembly screen. Images show the process while text outlines what needs to be done.
An example of a final systems test after assembly
Tables for tracking each work order.