New Hampshire’s Prototek builds emergency ventilator
Contoocook facility delivers 350 units in five days
The Contoocook-based New Hampshire division of Prototek Rapid Prototyping, Sheet Metal and Machining was part of a group of healthcare and technology organizations that developed and built the Rise Emergency Ventilator for Meter, an industrial hardware startup with offices in Boston and San Francisco.
The ventilator, designed to be affordably produced at high volumes to help meet current and future critical demands, is under review for a Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The team manufactured and delivered 350 units and 6,300 parts for the ventilator in five days, said PJ Swett, Prototek’s vice president of operations. “Our entire Prototek team is proud to see the results of our work come together. Prototek is known for our rapid turnaround and ability to produce challenging, precision parts for challenging applications. But knowing the urgency of getting affordable ventilators out into the field added a sense of urgency for our team.”