Technology Faculty’s R&D Team Developed Portable Respiratory Machine

The R&D team of the Faculty of Technology, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, produced portable adult ventilator called 'SoloVent-MAXI T1000'.

The team  produced the first sample of the portable adult ventilator called 'SoloVent-MAXI T1000'. Lecturer Fatih Serdar Sayın of the  Faculty of Technology started designing the first domestic mechanical ventilator for newborns with the support he received from the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology in 2015. With the practical experience gained during the development of the newborn ventilator, studies to meet the need for respiratory equipment that has arisen during the COVID-19 global epidemic process started. The first sample of the portable adult ventilator SoloVent-MAXI came out in approximately one month in the result of the workings of the team including academicians.

90 Percent National Product

Since the components required for the production of the device are difficult to obtain in the pandemic process, the critical components of the respirator are designed to be domestically produced, with approximately 90 percent locality rate.

SoloVent-MAXI enables the use of basic and hybrid breathing modes needed in respiratory support processes applied to adult patients. It can also apply triggered simultaneous ventilation modes that increase patient-ventilator compliance. To prevent system failures that may affect the patients, the device contains safety components specified in national and international standards to which mechanical ventilators are subject. The device, which weighs about 4 kg, is designed to operate for up to eight hours without the need for an external power supply thanks to its internal battery. It can also work with the electricity of the ambulance vehicle or the city network. Thanks to its piston-driven structure, SoloVent-MAXI, which does not need an external pressurized medical gas line, can be used to support respiration in the emergency response areas likely to be established during the pandemic period, in the field hospital and even during the transport of patients in ambulances.

The R&D team consisting Electrical and Electronics, Computer-Control and Machine engineers and also a specialist respiratory physiotherapist continues negotiations with the Ministry of Health, Science, Industry and Technology Ministry and Turkish Health Institutions (TÜSEB), in order to receive support for serial production and to obtain their medical licenses.