Gualtiero Magni, Elemaster’s technical director and MVM project leader, worked with Professor Galbiati during the lockdown.
Established in 1978, Elemaster has been successfully operating on the international scene as a Mechatronics Service Provider, offering design and production services for high-tech electronic equipment.
Through common acquaintances: Professor Galbiati contacted our CEO Gabriele Cogliati, who did not hesitate one moment and convened us in a video call on Zoom on Sunday, 14 March, at 2 pm.
I dealt with the executive part of the project, as project manager, working alongside Professor Galbiati 24 hours a day, Saturday and Sunday included.
Knowledge, determination and more than 100 researchers operating in 9 time zones, with the support of Elemaster, which during the lockdown made a team of 40 people available, the production of printed matter (Eleprint) and testing laboratories (Eletech).
A crucial one, on the fluidics part and on the software and data analysis part.
They were fundamental for the execution of prototypes and simulations in a short time. We encountered maximum cooperation from them. Our aim was to develop an all Italian supply chain. We obviously found fertile ground in our region.
The Camozzi Group provided the heart of the system. We arrived at the solution in two steps. At first, we focused on proportioning valves that were already in the catalogue. When we needed to add pressure regulators, I started to discuss integration with Daniele Giorgi of Camozzi Automation and we arrived at the current product.
Today we are in the final phase with the CE trademark in Italy and the TUV in Canada.
We are setting up factories in Canada and the US for production and have tests underway in various pulmonology clinics in Europe.
Once we have obtained the CE certification, we will start production in the new plant in Montevecchia (Italy). In September, we will begin work on an enhanced version of MVM which will be ready at the end of 2021, with a particular focus on home care and the localization of components not yet produced in Italy.
There were several. For sure we learned a lot from one of them: “Where there’s a will there’s a way!” In the midst of the pandemic on Sunday, March 29, - to solve the “ramming” issue - we were suggested from Canada, on Saturday night, to use a proportioning valve made by an American manufacturer. We found the only two specimens in Europe at its Italian distributor, which we asked to open for business on Sunday morning. At 11 am, I had the valves, at 2 pm we asked a company in Besana Brianza (Officina Meccanica Varé) to open for business.
They produced the valve body based on a hand-made sketch by Sergio Parmaggiano of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics, which I jealously preserve. At 7 pm, we had the system test underway and the first rudimentary prototype of a working MVM, with which we made the first clinical tests at the San Gerardo Hospital in Monza.
Certainly, to protect the people you love. I didn’t see my mother for 2 months, my wife and I slept in separate rooms (she works at the Vimercate hospital) and my son stayed with my sister-in-law.
The project was badly suited for social distancing, having to work shoulder to shoulder with several researchers from various Milan universities and the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics, but especially when there were lives at stake I learned to do the utmost without bothering with schedules, fatigue or difficulties.
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