Manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) During the Covid-19 Pandemic

As people across the globe strive to live as safely as possible during the Covid-19 pandemic, a range of manufacturing companies have stepped forward to help with the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), essential for the safety of healthcare workers and whole communities.

Manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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D2 Machining Solutions is a specialized manufacturing facility located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Staff at this facility possess significant experience in meeting the marine industry’s rigorous demands and, shortly after Covid-19 became a reality, D2 Machining Solutions’ founders Kristian Schweser and Jason Lynch made the decision to focus the company’s wide array of machining technology and their extensive experience on the manufacture of face shields for the healthcare industry.

Healthcare workers need face shields to keep themselves safe, while tirelessly saving the lives of others.  D2 is skilled in customizing machined products in a timely manner for customers, so I knew that we would be a great resource to local healthcare facilities.

Jason Lynch, Founder, D2 Machining Solutions

As soon as D2 had announced its plan, Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood put in an immediate request for face shields for their healthcare workers. At this point, D2 contacted General Plastics for assistance in supplying the adhesive foam strips used as part of the face shields’ manufacture.

I knew quickly after connecting with General Plastics that they were the right manufacturer for the job. They made helpful recommendations on the design of the foam and were able to produce high-quality foam strips within our tight deadline.

Jason Lynch, Founder, D2 Machining Solutions

General Plastics is a leading innovator in the plastics industry, developing and manufacturing its well-known flexible and rigid polyurethane foam product series, LAST-A-FOAM®. In order to produce these foam strips with adhesive backing, the company employed its EF-4000 series open cell, flexible foam to ensure that medical workers would remain comfortable as they wore the D2 face shields.

We’re honored to produce materials for a PPE that plays such an important role in helping healthcare workers and first responders stay safe during this pandemic. Our manufacturing experience and large facility allowed General Plastics to expedite D2’s face shield project. We plan to continue to support face shield manufacturers with foam strips for as long as it takes.

Mitchell Johnson, Ph.D., President/CEO, General Plastics

“The feedback has been very positive,” Lynch continues. “Memorial Healthcare System shared that the face shields are very comfortable for their workers and that the foam is quite breathable and doesn’t irritate the skin when you sweat or wear for long periods of time.”

D2 has been successful in providing Memorial Healthcare System with 50,000 face shields, with the company going on to supply face shields to first responders and local firefighters.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by General Plastics Manufacturing.

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