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BAE Systems

Delivering Essential PPE to Healthcare Workers and Responding to the Ventilator Challenge

Overview

Our Mission

BAE Systems joined the industry-wide fight against Covid-19 using its 3D design and print facilities to create PPE, both in-house and through its suppliers, and provided more than 150,000 face shields between April and May. The company also developed an innovative new ventilator design in just a matter of weeks.

Joining the Fight Against Covid-19

In late March BAE Systems was approached by a GP local to our site in Barrow, to donate face shields. We rapidly prototyped a new design of 3D printed face shield and delivered the first units in just two days, before testing a number of design iterations and settling on a shield we could manufacture in volume from our industrial-scale 3D printers.

To further increase the numbers of face shields they were able to deliver to health workers, we used our supply chain to manufacture tens of thousands more units of their own design. Together with our own 3D printed face shields, we delivered a total of more than 150,000 face shields by mid-May.

These were sent directly to the front line where there was the greatest need, including NHS hospitals and trusts, GP surgeries, ambulance services, care homes and hospices. In the spirit of collaboration, BAE Systems also shared its 3D print design with other organisations, including the National Crime Agency and Sellafield, to help inform their own PPE production.

Designing an Innovative New Ventilator

A team from our Applied Intelligence business in Guildford came up with an innovative idea for an entirely new ventilator. This was to be built from readily available parts that could be rapidly manufactured.

The team started work immediately following the Government call to action, joining forces with a leading provider of respiratory products to the NHS.

BAE Systems Maritime Services business offered its high-tech electronic manufacturing expertise in Broad Oak, Portsmouth and Hillend, near Edinburgh, creating a production process that enabled the company to build more than 1,000 units per week. Within three weeks, the production line in Portsmouth was ready and employees were proudly starting to build multiple units of the AirCare ventilator.

In just a few weeks, our team had gone from concept through design and development, and were ready to begin rapidly producing ventilators. By mid-April AirCare had completed initial technical testing.

We are proud to have played our part in responding to the call for help from the Government and stand by to help further in any way we can.

Joining the Fight Against Covid-19

In late March BAE Systems was approached by a GP local to our site in Barrow, to donate face shields. We rapidly prototyped a new design of 3D printed face shield and delivered the first units in just two days, before testing a number of design iterations and settling on a shield we could manufacture in volume from our industrial-scale 3D printers.

To further increase the numbers of face shields they were able to deliver to health workers, we used our supply chain to manufacture tens of thousands more units of their own design. Together with our own 3D printed face shields, we delivered a total of more than 150,000 face shields by mid-May.

These were sent directly to the front line where there was the greatest need, including NHS hospitals and trusts, GP surgeries, ambulance services, care homes and hospices. In the spirit of collaboration, BAE Systems also shared its 3D print design with other organisations, including the National Crime Agency and Sellafield, to help inform their own PPE production.

Designing an Innovative New Ventilator

A team from our Applied Intelligence business in Guildford came up with an innovative idea for an entirely new ventilator. This was to be built from readily available parts that could be rapidly manufactured.

The team started work immediately following the Government call to action, joining forces with a leading provider of respiratory products to the NHS.

BAE Systems Maritime Services business offered its high-tech electronic manufacturing expertise in Broad Oak, Portsmouth and Hillend, near Edinburgh, creating a production process that enabled the company to build more than 1,000 units per week. Within three weeks, the production line in Portsmouth was ready and employees were proudly starting to build multiple units of the AirCare ventilator.

In just a few weeks, our team had gone from concept through design and development, and were ready to begin rapidly producing ventilators. By mid-April AirCare had completed initial technical testing.

We are proud to have played our part in responding to the call for help from the Government and stand by to help further in any way we can.

We provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 85,800 people in more than 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop technology that helps to save lives, protect borders and people, strengthen nations, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.