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Con Edison Creating a Shield Between Health-Care Heroes and the Coronavirus
The company today turned the first 6,000 plastic shields over to
“Our talented team of technicians, managers and engineers dedicate themselves every day to the health and safety of our region,” said
Latimer said: “I speak for all of us when I say ‘Thank you, Con Edison.’ We are grateful to your employees for turning their attention to protecting our frontline health-care workers. It is acts like these that perfectly capture the American spirit – New Yorkers protecting their neighbors when they need it most.”
The manufacturing takes place in a vast, multi-purpose machine shop at Con Edison’s yard in the Van Nest section of the
Workers unfurl 500-pound rolls of thin, plastic sheeting and use a knife to cut the sheeting into eight-foot lengths. They lay 40 of those eight-foot-by-three-foot sheets on a piece of plywood and place another piece of plywood on top for stability.
The stack of sheets and plywood is fed into a machine with a robotic arm that fires a thin, high-pressure spray of water and garnet – which is the abrasive material on sandpaper – to cut the plywood and plastic sheets.
A sheet produces 12 shields. In less than three hours, the process makes 480 shields. Two shifts of workers are making the shields, stamping out 4,000 a day. The shields soak in a solution of water and Windex before being wiped cleaned and packed 600 to a box for shipping.
Each light-weight shield is one piece, with ties that hook behind the wearer’s head to hold the protection in place. The shields are easy to clean, which makes them reusable.
Battling the pandemic has made clear the dire need hospitals and nursing homes have for personal protective equipment.
Several weeks ago,
They researched the material
While it’s easy to feel frightened and helpless as the coronavirus affects colleagues, family members and friends, the project has lifted the spirits of the workers and planners.
“The folks working on this take great pride in it,” said Nurrani Alli, a construction manager in Central Operations at
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