Partstat Partner Newswire: April 2020

By Logan Wamsley

Arrow Dedicates Resources to Ventilators and COVID-19 Testing

As automotive plants around the world are converting their operations to manufacture ventilators to fight COVID-19, a few businesses have banded together in the United Kingdom to combine resources and assist in the transition. This “consortium” of businesses is called VentilatorChallengeUK, and Arrow has committed itself to aiding the initiative however they can.

“Through one of our partnerships, our teams are working overtime to support a government-private consortium to convert advanced automotive production plants to manufacture (thousands) of ventilators as quickly as possible,” said John Hourigan, spokesman for Arrow.

The companies taking part in VentilatorChallengeUK have received ventilator orders from the UK in excess of 10,000 units, and production is expected to begin sometime in early April. Should this prove successful, VentilatorChallengeUK plans to provide ventilators overseas, as well.

Arrow’s role in the effort is to contribute components and related engineering services.

Additionally, on the U.S. side, Arrow is working with hospitals to meet the increased need for COVID-19 testing. “Arrow is working on the system control center to support a major global medical devices (company) in getting COVID-19 test kits to hospitals and test centers,” said Hourigan. Medical device company, Abbot, has a goal set to provide up to 1 million tests per week by the end of the month.

Future Electronics Wins 2019 Abracon Excellence Award

Abracon, a global manufacturer of frequency control, timing, synchronization, RF, connectivity and power components, recently recognized Future Electronics with their Global, APAC and EMEA Excellence Award for 2019.

According to a press release, the award demonstrates Future’s close alignment with Abracon’s values of customer support, technical expertise and integrity, and recognizes Future’s industry-leading achievement among Abracon’s distributors.

“We appreciate the recognition from Abracon of our demand creation efforts,” said Mark Teskey, Supplier Development Manager at Future Electronics in the press release. “It really shows our commitment to the strong partnership between our two organizations.”

Avnet Commits to Its Mission of Developing and Supporting Lifesaving Technologies

In a post on their website, Avnet addressed the current global pandemic and what initiatives it is launching to aid its local community and customer base.

“What’s happening in our world today is unprecedented in our lifetimes. It is a call to arms for every individual, every family, every government and every company to do whatever is necessary to help each other get through the challenge before us,” said the post.

To support customer innovation, Avnet has created a variety of free, open-source block diagrams for the technologies most in demand during this crisis, specifically ventilators. The diagram can be downloaded here.

Avnet also committed to donating personal protective equipment for medical professionals for local, direct relief in communities currently experiencing shortages.

“Avnet is doing everything we can to accelerate our customers’ ability to provide lifesaving solutions by leveraging our product development ecosystem and our global reach,” said the post.

Digi-Key Partners with University of Minnesota to Produce Low-Cost Ventilators

As part of the nationwide effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Digi-Key has partnered with doctors at the University of Minnesota to help create new low-cost ventilators that can be created from parts found in Digi-Key’s main stock.

A normal ventilator can cost up to $13,000. This new design, by contrast, can be built for around $1,500.

“Our [components] stock position, the value-add services, the relationships we have on both the supplier and customer side of the business, along with our amazing product distribution team and the relationships we have with our logistics partners to deliver much-needed components in this very necessary time, make us very thankful that we can do our little part to help in the fight of this pandemic,” said Kari Jesme, Digi-Key Electronics’ Sales Manager for the Central US and Mexico.

The next step before mass production will be federal approval, which Restle and the rest of Digi-Key are confident will come soon judging by the interest in the project.