Stäubli committed in December 2020 to partner with MGA Technologies and Infiplast to set up a manufacturing line dedicated to the production of HME filters in France, essential for the manufacture of respirators.

“French hospitals only had 5,000 ventilators. Global production capacities were saturated, available stocks having been pre-empted, so we didn’t have a minute to lose to save lives. MGA compiled a list of 62 respirator manufacturers worldwide, established capacity and stocks, alerted them to the upcoming shortage of consumables, and then proposed to the government to build up a state stock of respirator filters for several months or even years. The government accepted this offer, on condition that we ensure the industrialization of these medical devices and that we maintain a 100% French industry.” Explains Hervé de Malliard, CEO of MGA Technologies.

To answer this medical demand, Infiplast implemented this urgent new production line in close collaboration with MGA Technologies and Stäubli:

“We then turned to Stäubli, world leader in clean room robotics. The proximity of Faverges (Haute-Savoie) was ideal for this partnership. The company’s responsiveness enabled us to set up an automated island in less than 10 weeks, from design to automation. This was an achievement since this type of project takes a minimum of 24 weeks in normal times! A real team success, stimulating for all our technicians” said Stéphane Buttin, Sales Director, MGA Technologies.

“We answered yes to the request of MGA Technologies and Infiplast in 48 hours: we made the robots available in record time. Our new range of SCARA robots is particularly adapted to the requested application. Its closed structure is designed for aseptic and constrained clean room environments” said Jacques Dupenloup, Sales Manager France and Benelux, Stäubli Robotics.

Find the full article in French on the Stäubli website