Indian Technicians Team Up To Make Open Source Oxygen Concentrators; will be priced at around Rs 40,000 | India News
NEW DELHI: A group of small and medium-sized Indian tech companies and a defense power supply unit have teamed up to manufacture oxygen concentrators based on an open source Marut design project, started by Technido, a robotics and automation startup to meet the immediate needs of patients and reduce dependence on imports.
According to the companies involved in the project, the oxygen concentrator (OC) with a flow of 10 liters per minute with a purity greater than 93 percent and capacity to operate 24 hours can be retailed at approximately half the price of units imported into the country. Rs 65,000-70,000 range per piece.
Prices can be further reduced to Rs 35,000-40,000 each on bulk purchase of 100 units or more, according to Technido.
The commercial launch of the product is expected for the third week of June.
Technido took the reference design for the oxygen concentrator from the Oxikit Open Source OC project, which it claims to have been validated by Tata Consulting Engineers to produce a flow capacity of 20 liters per minute with 94% purity.
“We modified the design of the reference project that Indian technology companies can easily adopt to manufacture locally. We simplify the architecture and component design so that the machines can be assembled using locally available parts.
“Chetan Mokhariwale of Emorphis Technologies helped us develop the initial product architecture,” Technido founder and CTO Siddharth Dev told PTI.
The project attracted initial investment from Indore-based Dee Tee Industries and group president Manohar Baheti for research and development.
Baheti is also funding a company, Cutting Edge Medical Devices, to manufacture some AOs based on Marut’s design to donate to hospitals and COVID-19 care centers in small towns.
Dev said that five or six companies are using the design to manufacture OC locally and some have come to help the project further based on their experience.
“One of the defense power supply units also adopted the design to manufacture OC. They are planning to manufacture 20,000 OCs in 6-8 weeks.
“We are supporting them with whatever experience we have,” Dev said, adding that the name of the defense power supply cannot be disclosed due to some restrictive protocols.
Indore-based electronics manufacturer Rudrakhsa Technology has offered its assembly lines to manufacture OCs, while Cutting Edge Medical Devices provides its expertise to obtain product certification.
“We expect that the 10 liter flow oxygen concentrator with 24 hour operation capacity can be retailed in the range of Rs 60,000-70,000 per unit, which can be further reduced if they get a bulk order. ahead of time, as Indian entities are handing it over to foreign companies. ” “Said Rudraksha Technology Managing Director Amit Gupta.
He said prices for components needed to make OC are expected to stabilize within two weeks and then exact rates can be calculated.
At present, an oxygen concentrator with a flow capacity of 10 liters is available online for more than Rs 1.3 lakh, while companies that import the units in bulk get it for around Rs 60,000-65,000 per piece.
“The current bill of materials (BOM) for a single OC unit is Rs 21,711. This is the cost incurred to develop the first prototype.
“If we buy a batch of 100 units, the bill of materials should be reduced by at least 20 percent. After adding the cost of labor and production, certification, service, cost of warranty, etc., it can easily sell at a price of Rs 35,000-40,000 per unit, “said Dev.
He added that if the government decides to eliminate GST in Indian COs, it would be very convenient for end users.
“We have the capacity to produce 300-350 OC per day if we get the financial and market support that foreign firms are getting. It can be extended further to more than 600 units per day,” Gupta said.