Amazon Announces Special One-time Bonus of $500 Million For Its Covid-19 Frontline Workers Inc said on Monday it would spend $500 million on one-time bonuses to its front-line employees and partners working through the coronavirus crisis. Employees and partners who have been with the e-commerce company through June will receive bonuses ranging from $150 to $3,000, the company said (here) in a blog post.

The world’s largest online retailer, which delivers about 10 billion items a year, has been facing intense scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers and unions over whether it is doing enough to protect staff from the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier in the day, workers at six Amazon sites in Germany decided to go on strike in protest over safety after some staff at logistics centres tested positive for coronavirus, labour union Verdi said on Sunday.


HP India 3D Prints 1.2 Lakh Ventilator Parts To Help Covid-19 Frontline Workers

PC and printer major HP on Thursday announced it has 3D printed 120,000 key ventilator parts in flat 24 days for 10,000 ventilators, thus enabling frontline workers and healthcare providers in India respond better to the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic at hospitals.

HP India partnered Redington 3D in India to successfully produce 120,000 ventilator parts like inhale and exhale connectors, valve holders, oxygen nozzles and solenoid mounts for AgVa Healthcare that is producing world’s most economical ICU ventilators. As part of this initiative, 12 categories of parts were 3D printed to manufacture 10,000 ventilators that are being deployed across the country for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.

“The successful execution of the AgVa Healthcare project is a testament of the capabilities of HP’s 3D printing technology and how it can remove the limitations of designing by producing complex products in a short time”, said Rajat Mehta, Country Manager, 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing, HP India Market.

Since these ventilator parts have complex designs and fine tolerances, it would have taken 4-5 months to manufacture these quantities using the conventional process. With HP 3D printing technology, these parts were printed in just 24 days, the company said in a statement.

AgVa Healthcare’s ventilator is an ICU ventilator with volume, pressure and flow control. The entire system can be controlled by a capacitive multi-touch interface without the need for compressed medical air. It is extremely portable and can be used in ICU transport or homecare.

“At Redington, our commitment was to supply over 1.20 Lakhs parts to AgVa Healthcare in their endeavour to manufacture 10,000 ventilators in 30 days and help the country,” said Ramesh K.S, Vice President, Redington India Limited. “By deploying two of our HP Jet Fusion Production 3D Printers, we could manage our production schedule with ease and help the country in its preparedness to fight this pandemic situation,” he added.

Globally, more than 2.3 million parts have been produced using HP’s 3D printing technology in the battle against COVID-19 To date, HP and partners have produced more than 2.3 million 3D printed parts worldwide.

As part of this initiative, HP has ramped up its 3D printing team and global Digital Manufacturing Partner Network to design, validate and produce essential 3D parts for medical responders and hospitals like hands-free door openers, mask adjusters, face shields and masks and field ventilators.,India,3D,Prints,1.2,Lakh,Ventilator,Parts,To,Help,Covid-19,Frontline,Workers,3D,prints,3D,technology,&publish_min=2020-06-02T14:55:23.000Z&publish_max=2020-06-04T14:55:23.000Z&sort_by=date-relevance&order_by=0&limit=2