Crisis ColLAB & Coronavirus:
One Year, Many Contributions
It’s still hard to believe and accept that it’s been a year since the COVID 19 pandemic changed our lives forever. As painful as the last 12 months have been, it’s important to reflect on some of the great strides we’ve made by working together to end this virus and get the world back on track.
On March 30, 2020, we launched Crisis ColLAB, VCC’s effort to contribute to the cause in the best and most valuable ways possible — by donating our design services for medical and PPE companies supplying the frontlines, including:
Design software for creating and testing solutions
3D printing know-how and machinery
Proven performance in designing and prototyping PCB assemblies, light engines, and other electronic components
Since its inception, Crisis ColLAB has been a multi-team, multi-pronged initiative. Here’s a recap of our efforts in this fight:
Procurement & donation of existing components
We collaborated with internal teams and our global distributor network to:
- Donate 2,000 components used in defibrillators to a distributor for use in Italy
- Prioritize medical and pandemic-related projects over all others for our design and engineering teams
- Speed up production for 65,000+ components to be used in ventilators and respirators
- Ensure all of our designs could be produced with in-stock components to avoid delays
Donation of design services for mission-critical medical device
VCC’s primary focus for Crisis ColLAB was to put our design and light pipe expertise to work in combating the virus. One vaccine delivery device manufacturer enlisted our free design services to optimize an existing product — and fast.
It definitely seemed like the odds were stacked against us, with challenges including:
Our designers and engineers needed to work remotely for social distancing and safety protocols, alternating shifts when work in our Design LAB was required.
The issues listed above were only part of our mission — we also had to work within the design constraints of an existing device.
While the original scope was to optimize the design of the three status indicators, the scope evolved once the client realized VCC’s capabilities.
- Optimized light pipe design for three separate indicators
- Produced several one-time use tools to show proof of concept
- Conducted multiple light simulations
- Printed 3D prototypes printed in-house
- Made subsequent aesthetic updates during production
- Reduced light loss and increased efficacy by a total of 1,561%
- Enhanced accuracy and uniformity by adding a textured lens to each light pipe
- On-time delivery, even through late-stage design revisions thanks to air freighting due to global shipping backlogs
Increased Light Pipe Efficiency
Overall light pipe efficiency
- 127% Efficiency 98% 98%
- 30.83% Efficiency 20% 20%
Our client enlisted our help in July of 2020, with prototypes delivered and revised throughout August and October. Full delivery of the first batch came in December, with the device on target for clinical trials.
We donated the design services through multiple revisions and scope changes, while the client covered late-round prototypes, tooling, and production costs.
Since then, the innovative device has been used in multiple clinical trials with data on track for review in early 2021.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our team for navigating all of the challenges and hurdles required to perfect this device and get it into production as quickly as possible, It was a true collaboration and I’m confident this device will lead to great strides in beating COVID 19.”
VP of Sales, VCC
Shared Knowledge with Manufacturers Worldwide
To help those companies whose production came to a screeching halt due to shutdowns in China and supply chain disruptions just about everywhere, our CEO, Andy Zanelli, participated in interviews and panel discussions along with other experts:
While we are still battling coronavirus, the end is in sight. We’re proud of the contributions we made to helping frontline workers, clinical researchers, vaccine producers, and manufacturers throughout this crisis.