As the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the U.S., GM/Ventec, and other medical equipment manufacturers have continued their aggressive timetable to ramp-up production of ventilators that have been in short supply. To this end, Connecticut-based manufacturer Tri-Star Industries (an MW Industries company) has been supplying engineered fasteners that are critical to ventilator assemblies.
In fact, Tri-Star has been working around the clock over the last few months to meet the demand surge from many companies involved with the production of these vital medical life support systems.
The manufacturer has served numerous industries for more than 28 years — providing “Made in America”, threaded inserts and precision machined products to the electronics, automotive, food and beverage, and military & defense industrial sectors, and others.
Tri-Star Industries is continuing to provide solutions to the most critical fastening and assembly challenges that engineers are faced with today. These advancing technologies often require quick turnaround times, from concept to production. So, when the calls started to come at unprecedented levels to help serve the medical device industry, the Tri-Star team was prepared and immediately sprang into action.
The company dedicated machines and personnel to this effort and focused on delivering quality threaded inserts and other components, with the first parts shipping in under two weeks.
In April, the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA) and the authorization for “DO” priority of six ventilator contracts were approved and authorized by Alex M. Azar II, Secretary, Washington, D.C. The Presidential Memorandum states that the “(HHS) Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall use any and all authority available under the Act to facilitate the supply of materials to the appropriate subsidiary or affiliate of the following entities for the production of ventilators.”
GM and respiratory device maker Ventec joined together to make ventilators as demand increased amid the COVID-19 crisis. The first devices were delivered April 17 to Franciscan Hospital in Olympia Fields, Illinois. The others were scheduled to go to Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
General Manager Brian Stach said, “All of us are looking to help any way we can and delivering critical components to support this International life-saving effort.” With company focus and teamwork, Tri-Star Industries, considered a critical “link” in the supply chain, continues to meet the needs of its customers during these challenging times.”