Cohoes company creates ventilator prototype

Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff
Updated: March 25, 2020 07:42 PM
Created: March 25, 2020 07:33 PM

COHOES - You've heard a lot about the need for ventilators. Several companies are stepping in to fill the need, including one in Cohoes.


Precision Valve & Automation, or PVA, has created a prototype that they've submitted for approval from the FDA.

Engineers and manufacturers first started working on the emergency breathing device on Friday and had it operating by Monday.

CEO Tony Hynes says once he heard Governor Cuomo's call for help, he knew his business - which focuses on robotics and automation manufacturing - could easily help.

The total cost to make one of the machines right now is $8,000, but with an expedited approval from the FDA, it's expected one ventilator could be produced every 15 minutes, totaling about 100 a day.

See what one of the machines looks like in action, by watching the video of Jacquie Slater's story.

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