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|Vingroup's two VSmart ventilator models are 70 per cent locally produced|
A little more than three weeks after announcing plans to produce ventilators to support coronavirus patients, on April 28, the Vingroup conglomerate has completed the development of two invasive ventilator models (VFS-410 and VFS-510) and is ready for market launch. Both equipments reach international quality standards and feature high localisation rates.
VSmart VFS-410 is upgraded from the original version VFS-310 developed by Vingroup engineers based on the concept of MIT University, while VSmart VFS-510 is an upgraded model of a ventilator by global leader Medtronic (US).
VSmart VFS-410 is an invasive ventilator that offers the same functions and quality as the most popular equipment on the market. Based on an elemental invasive ventilator concept by a research team at MIT University, VFS-410 has developed its turbine, and sensors to monitor and issue warnings on oxygen concentration, pressure, and breathing rate. The equipment adjusts itself to suit these parameters.
Most operating parts, boards, mechanical components, as well as the software and the design of VSmart VFS-410 come from Vingroup's factories, with supervision by the Ministry of Health, international experts, and Vinmec's doctors.
VSmart VFS-510 is developed on the basis of the PB560 model of Medtronic, which is used popularly in Vietnam for its compact design, versatility, and six modes that make it suitable for both adults and children, as well as both invasive and noninvasive use.
70 per cent of the ventilators, including major and complex components like blowers, PCBA boards, power supply, keyboard, screen, battery, and case are manufactured by Vingroup or local businesses. Medtronic also supported Vingroup in updating the ventilator software to make VFS-510 similar to the PB560.
Markus Leitner, engineering systems director at VinFast LLC, expressed great pride that VinSmart and VinFast have managed to successfully research and manufacture ventilators in only three weeks. He also lauded Vingroup's conducive approach to innovation, which creates favourable conditions and motivation for engineers to accomplish the most challenging missions.
Reaching international standards and multiple functions, VFS-410 and VFS-510 not only meet the demands of COVID-19 treatment, but can also be used for ICU treatment at any hospital or health facility in the long term.
The two models are currently being tested by leading experts and hospitals in Vietnam, as well as the health council to confirm their quality before launching on the market. The first batch of these ventilators will be released on May 15, 2020.