The country is currently facing the second wave of Corona virus and in comparison to 2020, things are a lot worse. One of the most common problem that we’ve been hearing these days is lack of availability of oxygen to patients in several hospitals. Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL) realised the critical importance of rapidly installing Oxygen PSA plants, both to produce life-saving oxygen as well as reduce the immense logistical problems. The PSA plant were currently built by small scale units and they had very limited resources with them to increase the production. Maruti Suzuki has now decided to use their resources to help scale up the production of these small scale units.
Maruti Suzuki has currently located two companies in the NCR area, Airox Nigen Equipments Pvt Ltd and SAM Gas Projects Pvt Ltd. These small scale units were flooded with orders but with their limited resources, they only had capacity to manufacture 5-8 plants a month. Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. started talking to them from the 1st May and quickly reached an understanding with them. While technology, quality and performance, as well as all commercial matters, would remain the responsibility of the two companies, MSIL and its vendors would use their capabilities to rapidly scale up production. MSIL’s involvement would be on a no profit basis.
Airox has its factory in Ahmedabad and SKH Metals, a vendor, is working with them. MSIL has been able to arrange new sources for Zeolite, an imported material and critical for a PSA plant. This will be airfreighted. Compressors are another important bought-out component. Airox has already reached an output of one PSA plant a day and this number will be rapidly scaled up to 4 per day within May itself. Output in May is expected to be 50-60 plants.
SAM Gas Projects Pvt Ltd is being assisted by Maruti Suzuki’s vendor JBML. Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. is helping with all critical inputs. SAM Gas Projects is expected to produce 20-30 plants in May. MSIL and its vendors will procure oxygen plants from these two companies and donate them for medical use. Another team from MSIL is also working to ensure that the plants when produced are installed and commissioned as fast as possible. Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.’s top management is involved in the monitoring and coordinating activity of this initiative.
Maruti Suzuki last month had announced that, they will shut down their plant in Manesar, Haryana to provide oxygen for the medical services in the country. As part of manufacturing, Maruti Suzuki uses a small amount of oxygen in its factories. Looking at the current situation of the country, Suzuki decided to advance its maintenance shutdown and utilise the oxygen to save lives.
What is an Oxygen PSA generator
Oxygen PSA Generators separates oxygen (O2) from compressed air utilizing pressure swing adsorption technology. Compressed air, which consists of approximately 21% oxygen and 78% nitrogen, is passed through a bed of zeolite molecular sieve (ZMS). The sieve preferentially adsorbs N2 and moisture over O2 allowing the O2 to pass through as a product gas at pressure.