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Cape Engineering Co

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Smith-Clarke Junior Cabinet Respirator. Exhibit at the Thackray Museum
Smith-Clarke Junior Cabinet Respirator. Exhibit at the Thackray Museum

of Warwick

1952 After he retired from Alvis, George Thomas Smith-Clarke was co-opted onto a Birmingham hospital region subcommittee "to investigate the efficacy of mechanical ventilators". Upset at the distress caused to a patient taken out of an iron lung for nursing care, he redesigned all aspects of the existing Nuffield/Both iron lung or cabinet breathing machine, widely used to treat patients with respiratory paralysis caused by poliomyelitis.

Kits of parts to modify 500 Nuffield/Both machines were manufactured by a new company, Cape Engineering Co, set up with Smith-Clarke's support by several ex-Alvis employees.

The Smith-Clarke Junior Cabinet Respirator was designed by George Thomas Smith-Clarke and made by Cape Engineering.

1962 E. and H. P. Smith acquired Cape Engineering Co Ltd[1]

1970 E. and H. P. Smith sold Cape Engineering Co and another business as these were substantially different businesses from the rest of the group[2].

1976 Thomas Tilling acquired Cape (Warwick) Holdings Ltd, maker of medical equipment and clean air filtration engineers[3].

1977 Exhibited ventilators at Dubai medical equipment exhibition[4]

2006 Won 10-year contract industrial cleaning and asbestos management for Scottish Power[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 19, 1963
  2. The Times, Sep 10, 1970
  3. The Times, Oct 18, 1976
  4. The Times, Nov 24, 1977
  5. The Times, August 16, 2006