LINDAL France converts equipment to manufacture face shields
The company is manufacturing the shields at its French production facility and is donating them free of charge to key workers. Lindal’s research and development team from its Global Innovation Centre in Val de Briey and its production team have spent less than a week to design and modify selected assembly lines and produce 1,000 face shields daily.
Created using 3D printing technology, the shields are manufactured from injection moulding, which utilises recycled plastics from Lindal’s own production waste, making them sustainable, as well as vital. The longest part of the process is assembling the masks by hand, with some employees even completing assembly in their own time to make as many face shields as possible.
Romain Tesse, plant manager at Lindal France, said: “At a time when so many people are affected by the consequences of this global pandemic, we have been mindful of what we can do to support our customers and community.
“Thanks to the ingenuity, belief and dedication of our R&D and production teams, our ability to be responsive to this situation has been realised in only a matter of days, from initial concept to actual production.”
The face shields are a valuable form of personal protective equipment (PPE) and Lindal is now partnered with local health authority Agence Regionale de Sante, which will centralise all donation requests and coordinate distribution. The first donation of 100 masks was made to local firefighters at the end of April and a total of 4,000 shields have been given to key workers so far.
To boost production and to further protect the community from COVID-19, Lindal is offering to share its 3D printing and injection moulding CAD designs with other companies that may also want to manufacture shields.
Internally, Lindal has ensured all its employees are equipped with the appropriate PPE so that they can continue their hard work. At the firm’s factories and offices in France and across the world, strict additional hygiene measures, social distancing and home office working have been introduced.