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Local manufacturers meet demand for medical equipment
Ian VanSinderen, Manufacturing and Engineering Manager at Lin Engineering, takes a moment April 9 to describe the Brushless DC motors he and his colleagues build at the Morgan Hill facility. Photo by Michael Moore Ian VanSinderen, Manufacturing and Engineering Manager at Lin Engineering, takes a moment April 9 to describe the Brushless DC motors he and his colleagues build at the Morgan Hill facility. Photo by Michael Moore. Many of Morgan Hill's more than 100 manufacturers have seen a sharp increase in business as the demand for critical medical equipment skyrockets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some devices in high demand due to COVID-19 include: • A Flu/RSV cartridge technology, which is being used to develop a test that can provide detection of COVID-19; • A genome imaging technology capable of detecting structural variants that can help explain why some people are protected against COVID-19, while others are not; • A label-free biosensor that helps researchers understand the body's immune response and guide the discovery of therapeutic drugs and vaccines for the virus. Lin Engineering, located on Vineyard Boulevard, designs and manufactures an assortment of standard and custom step motors, linear actuators, drivers and controllers. Such motors are an integral part of ventilators, which pump air to make it easier for patients with the respiratory disease to breathe. Melissa Filice, director of human resources for Lin Engineering, said the company is increasing its motor production for ventilators in the United States and abroad. Its Morgan Hill manufacturing facility also doubles as its prototyping facility, which allows Lin Engineering to provide prototypes quickly since the engineers can be hands-on with every step. Amphenol All Sensors Corporation manufactures pressure sensors that are used in ventilators. To keep up with the demand, the company is hiring temporary manufacturing operators, whether they have soldering experience or not. Infineon Technologies, which has a production facility in Morgan Hill as well as internationally, produces power semiconductors used to control a ventilator's motor. In a press release, the company stated it has delivered 38 million semiconductors worldwide for ventilators. Many other local manufacturers continue to operate daily as essential businesses, providing components for national defense, transportation infrastructure and other critical services. ---Abstract from Morgan Hill Times Employees of Lin Engineering in Morgan Hill, pictured on the company’s design floor April 9, have remained busy as “essential” workers throughout the coronavirus crisis. Employees of Lin Engineering in Morgan Hill, pictured on the company's design floor April 9, have remained busy as "essential" workers throughout the coronavirus crisis.