Brantford, ON – June 2020 – APC Filtration, a manufacturer of critical air filters for global OEM’s, is now supplying HEPA Filters to StarFish Medical for the production of thousands of ventilators in Canada in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. StarFish Medical was selected by the Canadian government as one of the ventilator developers to lead this fight against COVID-19.
APC Filtration provides filter design, engineering, manufacturing and filter testing services to provide unique and proprietary HEPA filters to biological, laboratory and medical device OEM’s. HEPA filters are essential for every ventilator to deliver virus and bacteria-free air. StarFish Medical required a HEPA filter to mate with a ventilator they designed for production within a few months. They partnered with APC Filtration with the goal of expediting reverse engineering within APC’s current product offerings to meet StarFish’s timeline requirement. StarFish Medical quickly redesigned their Canadian Emergency Ventilator filter interface to accommodate APC’s filter.
Due to the urgency of this matter, APC Filtration reallocated a small quantity of an existing order to use for mock-up trials and immediately began production and delivery of thousands of these filters. Within 4 weeks, APC produced the first 5000 pieces which usually takes a minimum of 8-10 weeks. This was neither a typical exercise nor standard operating procedure for APC Filtration.
APC proved to be an excellent example of Canadian innovation, entrepreneurship and dedication during a crisis. APC is proud of how quickly both teams worked together due to the urgency of this request. APC’s collaboration with StarFish Medical is an answer to the Government of Canada’s call to action through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) for Canadian businesses and manufacturers, to help deliver critical health supplies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kathy Young, StarFish Supply Chain Manager, reiterates the impact of APC’s efforts on the redesign project: “APC Filtration has been a wonderful partner for StarFish as we work together at record pace on this important project for Canadians affected by COVID-19.” APC looks forward to the future partnership with StarFish Medical to improve the health and safety of the population.
For more information about APC Filtration Inc. Visit www.apcfilters.com
For information about StarFish Medical Visit www.starfishmedical.com