Monday | 04 May | 2020
Engineers have stepped forward anew amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has among others resulted in a lack of health care equipment, which means that engineers are being utilised to help with the manufacture of essential equipment. The pandemic also offers engineers the opportunity to come to the fore with new products and unique solutions.
The South African National Army, which is being deployed until the end of June, has also already requested that members of its reserve force who have not yet been called up, and who possess specialised skills, such as qualified engineers, make themselves available.
In the meantime engineers are being utilised on all fronts in the battle against Covid-19. Engineers from universities across the country have already put shoulder to the wheel and started manufacturing protective medical products such as masks and face protectors, as well as among others the 3D printing of masks and other equipment. Engineers are furthermore busy designing, adapting and producing ventilators, and designing and testing new products that can be used in the battle against Covid-19.
The Covid-19 pandemic has emphasised the enormous shortage of protective medical equipment. This affords engineers new opportunities to be at the forefront of the pandemic together with other essential workers such as medical personnel.
During this time an appeal is being made specifically to engineers and companies in the industry to design, manufacture and provide protective medical and respiratory equipment, and to put forward innovative ideas in the battle against Covid-19.
Engineering companies are among others also involved in the erection of temporary structures such as medical centres and the provision of material in this regard. Attention is also being given to the conceptualisation of special beds for temporary hospitals or quarantine centres.
Engineers in all their respective fields contribute among others to research, prediction models, data models and online platforms regarding Covid-19. Engineers have also come to the fore with new products, including reusable masks, air bags, different new types of respirators, robots and special thermal equipment. They are furthermore assisting governments worldwide with expert advice and possible strategies in the battle against the pandemic.
Covid-19 will have a lasting impact on numerous industries and for engineers it offers the possibility to rejuvenate their industry with new ideas, tendencies, technologies and broader cooperation.
Universiteite: https://www.cut.ac.za/news/cut-innovations-assist-with-covid-19-medical, http://www.eng.sun.ac.za/news/tygermaties-3d-print-protective-gear-in-fight-against-covid-19/, http://www.wits.ac.za/news/latest-news/general-news/2020/2020-04/wits-engineers-make-face-shields-to-protect-healthcare-workers.html en http://news.nwu.ac.za/af/nwu-ingenieurs-opgewasse-vir-die-covid-19-uitdaging
Electronic Specifier: https://www.electronicspecifier.com/news/latest/how-engineering-is-helping-to-battle-covid-19
* All information was correct at the time of publication.