A team from Landaal Packaging Systems have designed and created disposable face shields to donate to local health care workers, first responders, and other essential workers in response to COVID-19.
Due to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases across the world, we are experiencing a shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) for our local health care workers, first responders and other essential employees. The state of Michigan has been hit especially hard by the virus. Currently, Michigan ranks fifth highest in the nation for number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and numbers are still on the rise.
Recognizing the risk to the safety of the community, Landaal Packaging leadership saw an opportunity to help address the PPE shortage. To ease some of the local demand, a team of designers and production members at Landaal Packaging Systems came together to design, test, and produce over 2,800 face shields for local essential workers in need.
“Our community has faced hardships in the past, but nothing quite like this,” explains Mark Landaal, VP of Sales and Marketing for Landaal Packaging. “Making face shields aligns with both our manufacturing capabilities and our commitment to philanthropy and community service. Our first responders and health care professionals are putting their lives and the lives of their families on the line every day, so we knew we had to quickly determine how we could best provide a solution.”
Born of innovation, Landaal Packaging’s focus was to create a simple and effective face shield that could be produced and distributed as quickly as possible. “Being a domestic manufacturer puts us in a unique position to address the challenges brought on by COVID-19,” explains Mark Landaal. Once the design was completed, Landaal Packaging sourced the necessary materials from their supply network and using existing equipment, such as the ZUND Digital Cutting System, began producing face shield components.
All the shields were then assembled and packaged for safe transit. “By simply shifting some of our resources and our production capacity to creating disposable face shields, we help alleviate some of the demand for PPE in our community,” adds Mark Landaal. Once produced, the face shields were then donated to local hospitals and organizations in need.