Coşkunöz Holding accomplished innovative works in coronavirus-oriented production together with its R&D center, factories and teams. Operating with 12 companies in seven different sectors in the fields of automotive, defense, aviation, energy, environmental technologies, IT and logistics, Coşkunöz Holding made a strategic decision in the global coronavirus outbreak. Due to health precautions and disruptions in the automotive global supply chain, those who work in the factories, which have been temporarily closed by the holding, started to produce protective equipment and new medical devices. In this process, the R&D department only works on developing medical products. Coşkunöz Holding CEO Erdem Acay summarized this process: “As the holding and its affiliated companies, we started the production of protective equipment and new medical devices as of April in order to be sent to pandemic hospitals through the Provincial Health Directorate in Coşkunöz Metal Form factory in cooperation with the Coşkunöz Education Foundation against the new type coronavirus.” Mass production has been started of products such as biological sampling booth, intubation booth, stretcher isolation, visor, which were designed in coordination with the health units, determining the needs used in the treatment and operations. Erdem Acay added that: “Our first products were delivered to Bursa City Hospital, Eskişehir City Hospital, Bursa Yüksek İhtisas Training and Research Hospital, Eskişehir Yunus Emre State Hospital and Bursa Uludağ University Faculty of Medicine. In parallel with our production numbers, we have also started delivering to our hospitals in other cities.”
“We are a local company that contributes to our country within the framework of our engineering knowledge, production infrastructure, long-term value creation target and global vision. Our R&D and innovation activities are at the center of the holding strategy. In this context, we also carry out the necessary R&D studies for all our companies from our center. We also provide R&D activities of our companies in Russia and Romania from our Bursa center. Coşkunöz R&D Center focuses on ‘high added value’. We are working on projects that are defined as 3D technologies, that is, layered manufacturing technologies, as well as the works it carries out specifically for the sectors in which we operate. We are also working on joining technologies. We made extensive research on laser welding, friction fusion welding technique in joining technologies and we have completed many projects. We also work on material and product development. As part of our digital transformation roadmap, we are conducting joint activities with another R&D Center CITS (Cloud Information Technology Services) company in the fields of smart production systems, data analytics and machine learning.
Biological sampling and intubation booths are used to prevent the virus from meeting the healthcare professionals who receive swabs from coronavirus patients and to prevent contact between the healthcare professionals and the patient. Stretcher isolation prevents the virus from entering the external environment while carrying the patients, completely isolating the patient. Face shields produced with the cutting edge 3D printers are produced as an alternative to masks in order to prevent contamination of the virus by particle splash or direct cough to the face. Ventilators are also designed to move the breathable air into and out of the lungs, to provide mechanical ventilation for patient who is unable to breathe physically or with inadequate breathing. Although modern ventilators are computerized microprocessor controlled machines, patients can be ventilated with a simple, hand operated bag valve mask.”