In a hospital or clinical environment, personal protective equipment (PPE) is important and necessary to decrease staff and patient exposure to airborne ailments. Unfortunately, custom equipment may not be available on short notice. On the other hand, T-slot aluminum framing, best known for modular workstations, machine guarding, and tables, is configurable and can lend itself to any type of structure such as protective shielding and screening equipment. Parker IPS T-slot framing is readily available from authorized Design Centers and distributors, with all the accessory panels and parts to make your healthcare-related design a reality.
With a growing need for thousands of portable respirators and other emergency equipment such as defibrillators to be used by healthcare providers in the fight against COVID-19, Parker has designed modular rolling carts to be built using IPS t-slot aluminum profile and standard accessories. These carts can easily be used in hospitals, emergency rooms or any temporary medical facilities treating patients with COVID-19. The finished assembly is easily cleaned.
Constructed from light but strong aluminum extrusion material, this partition features a lightweight profile and a polycarbonate panel to protect neighboring beds in the room. It is approximately 6 feet by 4 feet and is equipped with adjustable leveling feet for stability. Alternatively, it can be fitted with casters for ease of portability. The durable polycarbonate panels are easily spray-cleaned, for a comfortable environment for patients and staff alike.
For use when intubating patients with Coronavirus, this prototype shield is constructed from 20 x 20 aluminum profile. The design is modular and easy to assemble on site. The top polycarbonate panel is attached to the extrusion, and the three framed panels are attached to a straight plate. One panel features pre-cut holes for patient intubation. The assembled shield is easy to clean as needed.
This free-standing 12’ x 12’ room is made from 40x40 light aluminum IPS profile and 9 white opaque PVC panels that are pre-assembled. Each panel is approximately 4’ x 7’. The front opening can be closed for privacy with two 84” x 84” hospital cubicle curtains that slide on the extrusion track. The finished assembly is easily cleaned. Either standard slotted profile or the smooth face style may be used
12’ x 12’ hospital room modules can be ordered in multiple quantities to be assembled in tandem. Constructed of 40x40 light aluminum IPS profile, they are easy to assemble on site since the 9 white opaque PVC panels are shipped pre-assembled. Front opening for each room can be closed with two 84” x 84” hospital cubicle curtains that slide on the extrusion track. The finished assembly is easily cleaned. Either standard slotted profile or the smooth face style may be used.
With these examples in mind, we would like to help make your process from concept to completed structure quick and efficient. When you have your initial idea for building with t-slot framing, how do you convey the concept? Do you use a piece of paper, CAD or even the famous napkin to sketch out your thoughts?
Traditionally, and still today, the “napkin sketch” method is how most t-slot aluminum framing companies encourage the user to send in information. It is very effective and allows the customer to quickly convey their ideas. But with the right software, customers can use electronic tools to create their designs.
Imagine a tool that gave you template libraries that can be downloaded from the web and all the parts and components available to build a design, with the capability to export files into various 3D CAD formats. That’s Parker TADA (T-slot Aluminum Design Architect) and it’s available now as a free download.
To get your copy of TADA and learn more about IPS aluminum profile, please visit http://parker.com/DesignArchitect
To find out more about prototype medical and health care applications, please visit Parker T-Slot Aluminum for Healthcare
* These devices are not capable of preventing the transmission or contraction of COVID-19 or other ailments.
This article was contributed by Mario Mitchell, product manager for IPS T-Slot Aluminum Framing, Electromechanical & Drives Division, Parker Hannifin Corporation.