Hyderabad: State government promoted hardware incubator T-Works on Friday announced a partnership with GE Appliances, to fabricate Oxygen (O2) concentrators that will be donated to those in need, a press release said.
The devices were designed and developed by T-Works with support from a wide network of vendors and suppliers. As part of this unique initiative, GE Appliances employees assembled five O2 concentrators with training from T-Works.
The O2 concentrators developed by T-Works and sponsored by GE Appliances can consistently deliver +90 percent of oxygen at 5 litres per minute. A synthetic chemical substance called zeolite selectively adsorbs nitrogen from the air under the right conditions.
The device uses a process called Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) to output oxygen-rich air. Technical challenges that were innovatively overcome include handling and packing zeolite, protecting it from moisture, thermal management, and reduction of noise and vibration.
The CEO, T-Works, Sujai Karampuri said, “T-Works facilitates innovators in the idea-to-product journey, which extends far beyond proofs-of-concept and prototypes. The partnership with GE Appliances is a stamp of validation not only for this product but also for our process. We thank them for their continued support.”
After the PoC and prototype stages, multiple devices were assembled and tested, clocking hundreds of hours of runtime. Test data was used to compare performance with the best-in-market O2 concentrators. This provided a solid foundation towards productising the device, a press release said.
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