With talk currently on another thread about the idea of "co-operatives", and with hope reborn at this time of year, I may as well lay down once again my own take on such matters.
Here's the scenario:- work exists to be done. When I say "work" I mean of the traditional type. That is:- fixing the kit. Repairs, and allied tasks such as inspections, etc
. In the main the kit will be old stuff in the hands of vets, charity groups and folk like that. But it could be from any other source as well.
This work needs to be approached in a flexible and cost-effective way. We are not talking about bidding on contracts, big budgets (nor gouging
) here. The type of customer mentioned above cannot afford "big bucks". But they simply want the kit to be fixed when need be ... and they are not too bothered about "mains on applied parts" or PM'ing to the n
th degree, or stickers slapped on all over the place (if you see what I'm saying). No ... just good old fashioned repairs and maintenance as it used to be, and carried out as cheaply as possible.
So, who is going to do this work? As already hinted at I see it as a collaborative effort. A co-operative of biomeds. "Greybeards" most likely. That is, older techs (possibly - or probably - retired, or heading that way) who would like to keep their hands in now and then. Experienced blokes with a bit of time to spare, who are not in an unseemly rush to steam on to the next job. A network of kindred spirits.
So when work needs to be done on a ventilator (say), or a ventilator of a particular model or type, we call upon Good Old [...] ... I'm sure that you all get the picture.
This is another reason that I'm looking for established workshops to rent out bench-space, by the way. Not to mention always being on the scrounge for (obsolete) parts, test equipment and all the rest.
By the way, I believe that "the Bold Magee" may have had some success with this approach. So if you're tuning in, Darren:- let's be hearing from you, Mate.
The key to stuff like this is, of course, a willingness to share. As discussed before, I find this admirable trait somewhat lacking in Modern Britain. Perhaps it's a "generational" thing, now that the younger ones are conditioned to think that life is all about "me, me, me"!