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66 THE SHOP JULY 2020 PRECISION ENGINE W ith healthcare providers seeking assistance in providing lifesaving care for COVID-19 patients, Roush Yates Engines raced in to help. Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, Mooresville, North Carolina, a division of Roush Yates Engines, is working in collabo- ration with BioMedInnovations LLC and its partner Equilibar on the development and production of specialized ventilators to help address the mounting need for life-saving healthcare equipment in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. BioMedInnovations (BMI) was founded in 2005 to commercialize a highly control- lable, low-flow, low-pressure fluid tech- nology primarily targeting organ transplan- tation—working on how to keep an organ alive outside the body and to assess organ health prior to implantation in a recipient, according to a press release. BMI has been engaged in research and development and recently received a small business award from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for assistance in piv- oting toward commercialization of BMI's fluid perfusion technology. "In these last few weeks, we have looked for various ways to support our healthcare systems and country during the COVID-19 outbreak," said Doug Yates, president and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. "Our talented employees are looking forward to working with BioMedInnovations and Equilibar to produce precision components and aid in the assembly of these high-tech SuppleVent ven- tilators." Roush Yates Manufacturing Solu- tions is an 88,000-square-foot, climate- controlled facility that is AS9100 certified as well as ITAR and NIST registered, according to the release. The world-class machining facility is equipped with premier CNC equip- ment that provides the precision and versatility necessary to deliver quality components to BioMedInnovations and the medical industry. RYMS worked with BioMedInnova- tions and Equilibar for several weeks this spring, optimizing production designs and materials to enable the components to serve as building blocks for the medical ventilator system. "Our technical team also collaborated with Equilibar to produce rapid prototypes to assist in expediting the development process," the company noted. Located near Asheville, North Carolina, Equilibar is an engineering and manufac- turing company that specializes in fluid control technology for complex research and industrial applications. Its patented valves and backpressure regulators are designed for aerospace, fuel cell testing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, catalysis research and other demanding market applications. "The Roush Yates team continues to work closely with both companies to also develop and provide skilled resources and a high-tech assembly area for these devices. We hope that these efforts will help con- tribute to the ongoing global effort to increase the supply of life-saving devices," the company stated. Roush Yates Engines was formed in 2003 by Robert Yates, Jack Roush and Doug Yates with the leadership of Ford Motor Co. to create a world-class race engine com- pany that would compete at the highest levels of the motorsports industry. 66 THE SHOP JULY 2020 A prototype SuppleVent ventila- tor was created as part of a collaboration by Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, BioMedInnovations LLC and its partner Equilibar. Team members are working to quickly deliver quality components to healthcare workers providing life-saving care for patients. Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions collaborates with BioMedInnovations to build ventilators. Coronavirus Update Racing to Help

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