Eclipse Automation secures North American rights to N95 mask production equipment
By DE StaffAutomation Medical
Cambridge firm’s partnership with China’s Harmontronics to result in first high speed mask production line installed within four weeks.
Cambridge, ON-based Eclipse Automation Inc. announced it has secured exclusive North American rights to manufacture, sell, distribute, service, commission and modify Harmontronics Automation’s N95 Vertical Flat-Fold Respirator Mask Production Line. Eclipse and the Suzhou, China-based automation company say the first system will be installed and put into operation at Eclipse’s Cambridge facility within 4 weeks.
Eclipse says the initial system will allow them to customize it for North American manufacturers and support qualification efforts for various respirator designs. The company anticipates the initial system will be a key in getting locally produced respirators into the health care supply chain and the hands of North American health care professionals as quickly as possible.
“I am seeing a lot of companies, with the best of intentions, trying to get into this arena but without the experience in medical device automation, they may be chasing inferior systems that could be unsafe to run and produce faulty masks,” Steve Mai, President and CEO of Eclipse said. “Eclipse has the know-how to assess this system already producing N95 masks in China and see that any modifications required to meet North American specifications are done quickly and right. We can expedite this to provide a top-notch N95 mask automation system and lead the process to see that it can be scaled to all who need it.”