Field Ready meets humanitarian and reconstruction aid by transforming logistics through technology, design and engaging people in new ways. We make useful items where they are needed to solve problems locally. We pass on these skills to others through training and capacity-building. We are pioneering innovative approaches to the toughest challenges regardless of the sector. The impact of this is dramatically improved efficiency making aid faster, cheaper and better.
Digital Manufacturing / 3D printing
Field Ready is exploring how digital manufacturing technology and local manufacturing capacity can shorten supply chains in the delivery of humanitarian aid and put innovation and production into the hands of communities. Since commencing their residency at the Innovation Lab, they collaborate with local partners on the design and repair of medical supplies, custom parts for radio systems, scale models for education in earthquake-resilient construction techniques, and fittings for water distribution systems in crisis-affected communities. Field ready has also been developing a social plastics project, that involves recycling waste plastic to produce low cost usable materials such as thermal insulation and high strength bricks that have proven vital in supporting the most vulnerable group.
Search and Rescue: Heavylift Airbags
The Rescue Tech project is a DRR initiative by WVIN that prepositions heavy lift airbags across 11 districts and 40 wards throughout Nepal. The rescue tech comprises of heavy lift air bag kits that operate via compressed air cylinder and have the capacity to lift almost 4.5 tons which has been researched, prototyped and tested by Field Ready at the WVI Nepal Innovation Lab. These lift kits are locally produced but meet international standards and are capable of lifting heavy loads with relative ease and efficiency.
One specific need being addressed is; the challenge of expensive and hard to obtain search and rescue equipment. To lift collapsed debris due to manmade or natural disasters, specialist equipment is needed for which lifting airbags are available to well-supplied search and rescue teams worldwide but these are prohibitively expensive. Field Ready (FR) has created a means to make these locally in a way that meets international standards. This product was first used in Syria to rescue civilians in March 2017 and 8 lives were saved in the first six months. This would be the first time that such product has been made and used in Nepal.
The key stakeholders of the project are the first responders who have received training to operate and maintain the airbags.