Critical support for COVID-19 tube scanners

Ziath tube scanners are a critical part of the procedure for testing COVID-19 samples in the laboratory. With so many samples arriving at the UK Government’s new testing laboratories in Milton Keynes, Alderley Park and Glasgow, together with University labs switching to COVID-19 testing, keeping track of all these samples is a major headache for scientists.

With the UK government aiming for 100,000 tests per day, delivering the ability to track these samples is clearly crucial to the success of the COVID-19 screening campaign.

To help Ziath achieve this fast turn around and support their business to scale up required partnerships with a trusted and reliable network of key suppliers, with 50 years of experience Photofab were keen to help and were heavily involved from the start.

Photofab are already established as a world leader in chemically etched metal components, having designed & produced more than 70,000 different parts and were able to advise, arrange and manufacture intricately cut and etched metal shields for the Ziath scanners that prevent the on-board computer from interfering with other sensitive instruments in the laboratory.

Steve Knight, Ziath Commercial Director commented “Without trusted suppliers such as Photofab in St Neots and our wiring loom supplier, Powerwise Ltd in West Wratting, we would not be able to respond to this global crisis as quickly as we have.

Thanks to their efforts and support we are now building and delivering tube scanners for COVID-19 testing not just in the UK, but to Norway, Israel, Germany, Austria, and through a United Nations program, to Myanmar, Mongolia, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Republic of Congo, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba, and El Salvador.”

Photofab have been involved with many crucial COVID-19 projects, providing high quality parts with short lead-times, helping key industries to supply essential equipment to the front line.

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