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Companies collaborate on rapid mobile Covid-19 testing lab

Siemens Smart Infrastructure and Auto-Info have jointly developed a modular examination unit that is designed to avoid contamination among patients or from patients to medical staff.

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Siemens says the modular systems can be assembled in less than a month
Siemens says the modular systems can be assembled in less than a month

Siemens Smart Infrastructure (SI) has collaborated with Thai company, Auto-Info, a specialist in automation in the life science sector, to jointly develop a modular Covid-19 examination unit.

 

The mobile lab and system have been designed to avoid contamination among patients or from patients to medical staff by using the Climatix IC platform, a flexible and scalable HVAC control solution from Siemens. It claims to be an ideal solution for borders, airports and hospital, all crucial checkpoints to detect infection.

 

Fast testing requirements

 

In a statement, SI said the mobile lab makes it easy to implement the best medical precautionary measures to provide highly effective, flexible and standard testing labs, meeting the public’s requirements for safe and fast testing.

 

“With Auto-Info, we moved fast to create an easy-to-install test lab that supports urgent medical needs during the pandemic in a safe and compact environment,” said Henning Sandfort, CEO of building products at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “Air quality is an important factor to reduce the potential airborne transmission of the virus in indoor spaces. Our technology ensures this quality is kept under control.”

 

Siemens’ Climatix IC technology controls humidity, pressure, temperature and air quality. Specific algorithms have been programmed to cater to use cases in the field, to prevent any unintended contamination and exposure to the healthcare professionals in the mobile unit. In addition, a three-filter system provides additional safeguards against virus infiltration.

“Air quality is an important factor to reduce the potential airborne transmission of the virus in indoor spaces”

Auto-Info combined its pharmaceutical as well as biotechnological expertise with automation technology to develop the modular examination units. They comply with the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention in the US for design standards, ISO 14644-3, and other healthcare standards for testing. In addition, the mobile structure is built from robust and durable material that can be operated anywhere once plugged into the electricity grid.

 

One of the major benefits of the solution developed by Siemens and Auto-Info is the speed and ease of commissioning. The modular systems measure 3x6x3 metres and the companies claim they can be assembled in a month. This solution will initially be delivered to healthcare and industrial customers in Thailand, with the aim of expanding into Southeast Asia.

 

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