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MAN Truck & Bus has developed a “rolling laboratory” based on the MAN TGE van.
With more than 500 tests per vehicle and day, it is perfectly suited for carrying out tests directly on site if a potential infection is suspected people's homes, schools, companies or other institutions.
With the innovative molecular diagnostic PCR test equipment Vivalytic from Bosch Healthcare Solutions on board the MAN TGE, test results are available within 39 minutes. These PCR test devices are currently among the fastest approved devices on the market. The entire process including smear, sample preparation and testing therefore takes less than an hour.
Four tasks can be performed in it in one continuous process: swab sampling, testing, analysis and communication. The PCR test results are digitally transferred from the test device to a laptop in real time. That enables a quick report to be sent directly from the MAN van to the responsible health authorities, departments, or to the person tested.
Two different vehicle designs are available: one with a standard wheelbase and 3.5 t gross combination weight and one with a long wheelbase and 5.5 t gross combination weight. The short version serves as a mobile diagnostic vehicle and is equipped with up to 16 Vivalytic test devices by aprimeo diagnostics, a Bosch distribution partner involved in the development. The Bosch Vivalytic test devicesare used in specially manufactured rack systems. The swab tests are taken outside the vehicle where qualified medical staff take care of the patients. This deployment scenario, with a high throughput of people being tested, is especially suitable for care homes, schools, large events or companies.
The impressive feature of the long version is that it is highly flexible in its use, with a separate room for taking swabs located inside the vehicle and awnings on both sides to create additional capacity. This enables a quicker and more frequent change of location. The long version is equipped with 8 PCR test devices. In order to maintain a one-way system when taking swabs, the MAN TGE has been equipped with two automatic lateral sliding doors.
The mobile MAN coronavirus test vehicle is powered by a 2.0 l turbo diesel engine with 177 hp. It can be optionally provided with all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The standard fittings include hygienic surfaces, automatic sliding doors, air conditioning system and an auxiliary air-conditioning system as well as an automatic step. As optional extras, the vehicle can be equipped with up to two washbasins (for the test and swab room), a computer workstation with a 220 V connection and a refrigerator.
Both vehicles are fitted with a MAN TeleMatics box to enable internet access. Other equipment options include:
Closed awning, secured on three sides with tent tarpaulin, to carry out swab tests
Special signal system, LED emergency light, radio equipment pre-installed
400 litre swivel and rollable waste box, with 43 kg payload, mounted to the trailer coupling
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