The experimentation has started and the assembly of the robotizations, as well as the field tests, are now finished. The 15 machine line has already started processing swabs and is able to process one tampon every 28 seconds, for a total of 2500 tampons per day. Highly sophisticated technologies with innovative digitization processes are supported by a team of about 12 people including managers and technicians, a group of volunteers and a remote assistance service for IT and biomechanical issues. A few weeks ago he joined the insiders too Yumi, collaborative robot created by ABB Robotics, arrived to assist laboratory technicians in some critical process operations, ensuring reliability and safety.
“With this action, can allow an increase in the ability to process tampons by the entire regional health system – said the governor Giuseppe Navarini of Rotary District 2042 – we all managed to do it together evolve laboratory medicine from the current setting, in terms of high-quality work on a small scale, towards an industrial model which, while maintaining quality standards of absolute excellence, can however increase exponentially the quantity of services that can be supplied, while at the same time drastically reducing costs, so as to guarantee sustainability by the national health system. This is a revolutionary initiative, currently available to the province of Bergamo, whose model will then be made available free of charge to the entire Italian national health system and that of the other European countries concerned. “
“We have developed a unprecedented concept of analysis laboratory which is based on principles of modularity and high flexibility – he continued Josef Nierling, CEO of Porsche Consulting -. We have combined the advantages of the open system, which allows to use generic reagents, with the prerogative of the more expensive closed systems, that is, the ability to safely analyze large quantities. All this has been possible by designing innovative processes that have enhanced robotic and digital technologies “.
“I am especially grateful to Rotary for supporting such an innovative project,” he added Francesco Locati, general manager of ASST Bergamo Est. “All these operations – always explained Locati – took place over these two months, strongly engaging our laboratory medicine, the technical office, the human resources sector, the information systems, whom I thank for the work they have done and will do. I also want to thank theSports Academy for Solidarity who also provided an ad hoc donation for this project. It is clear that with this processing and analysis capacity we will be able to promptly guarantee the growing need for virological tests that fall within the criteria and programs of health surveillance at this point for the benefit of the whole province “.
“The Calcinate laboratory is a fundamental point of arrival for public health in terms of coronavirus but also a starting point: it brings the territorial health system to process up to 2,500 tampons per day, makes the province of Bergamo independent of this crucial activity in the fight against Covid-19 and, looking at autumn, puts us in the conditions to better face a possible second wave, “he said Massimo Giupponi, general manager of Ats Bergamo.
“Bergamo and many of its countries have become in recent months the symbol of the epidemic. From today Calcinate becomes the symbol of how the brain, heart, skills and economic resources, united in an intelligent way, can create a miracle even in such a difficult moment “he concludes Gianfranco Gafforelli, mayor of Calcinate and president of the Province of Bergamo.
Various authorities participated in the inauguration: from the Councilor for Infrastructure, Transport and Sustainable Mobility of the Lombardy Region Claudia Terzi to regional councilors Giovanni Malanchini is Roberto Anelli ; by the mayor of Bergamo Giorgio Gori to the deputies Maurizio Martina is Daniele Belotti up to the senator Simona Pergreffi.
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