Students make medical equipment for frontliners

A batch of newly-made face shields which will be given to hospitals around the country.

JOHOR BARU: Local university students are working hard to ensure that frontliners are well equipped as they combat the spread of Covid-19.

The students from University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), together with the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), produced higher quality medical equipment which have better ergonomics and durability.

These products include face shields, intubation boxes and cubicle sanitising booths.

The effort also involves the Centre for Community and Industry Network of UTM Johor, UTM Kuala Lumpur University Laboratory Management Centre (PPMU) and Razak School of Technology and Informatics.

MJIIT Advanced Precision Lab (APL) head mechanical instructor Hairul Lail Ismail said that the researchers and students were doing all they could to ensure the equipment are produced in time.

“All of us are leveraging on our skills and knowledge not only to innovate but to ensure these health apparatus and equipment were produced in a short amount of time, ” he said.

He added that with the advanced technologies incorporated by MJIIT, they were able to promptly work on innovating and producing these higher quality equipment.

The students and researchers from UTM and MJIIT testing out an early design of the intubation box.The students and researchers from UTM and MJIIT testing out an early design of the intubation box.

“Medical experts from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Hospital and the Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) have recommended the face shields that we have made.

“According to them they still feel comfortable even when wearing the face shields for long periods of time, ” he said adding that this was due to the foam padding and higher visibility screens used.

With about 500 face shields produced daily, Hairul says that this was possible as they used laser-cutting instead of 3D printing, which allowed them to produce a large volume steadily.

He said MJIIT alumni members Syafreena Ezzany Ismail, Amalin Zahra Mohd Razi and Puteri Nor Adilah Husin, all 24, must be given credit for the development of the intubation boxes.

They were assisted by MJIIT Mechanical Precision Engineering undergraduate Muhammad Latif Abdul Rohni, 24.

MJIIT and UTM have also been asked to assist in coming up with innovations on cubicles and sanitising booths from various private and public institutions.

Spin-off companies of UTM have also contributed to the efforts by either contributing cash or calling on other businesses to assist in their own ways.

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