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Ventilator Challenge UK

British engineering firms were called on to switch to making medical ventilators as concern grew about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  This follows an appeal by Boris Johnson, who held an emergency conference appealing for an urgent effort to address the national shortage.


  • Manufacture samples of 3 Ventilator components within 2 days.
  • Communication with Rolls-Royce on the requirements and quality approval for the Smiths Medical Ventilator (No face to face).
  • Meet demanding requirements to ensure high quality standards and tight lead-times.


  • Prioritise this business through sample/initial submission phase.
  • Establish supply chain for PEM and special purpose inserts.
  • Project manage through daily video calls.
  • Collection of inserts from Portsmouth Hoverport
  • Prioritise production with overtime/weekend working
  • Contact CMM program for in process inspection (share data for approval).


  • Prototypes/samples for testing and setting up production line in 2 days
  • Received volume production order for 2000 parts for urgent delivery.
  • Supplied product in deliveries over 2 – 4 weeks (Quality approved).
  • Supported product of Ventilators at Smiths Medical/Rolls-Royce.

Added Value

  • Provided an alternative supply chain for critical Ventilator components achieving 100% conformity.
  • Gained fast track approval with high level project management with no face to face meetings in an incredibly short timeframe.
  • Supported other areas of the Ventilator UK supply chain with technical requirements based on lessons learnt during ramp up.
H V Wooding are proud to be a part of the #VentilatorChallengeUK consortium to manufacture vital ventilators assisting with the pandemic

Our Technical Manager, Simon Stewart checking the vital ventilator components for compliance.


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