A production line could be up and running within 6 weeks, pending government permission
The Netherlands is currently suffering from a shortage of both face masks and aprons, but now a company in Emmen hopes to be able to change this shortage. Technologies Added has developed a system for making aprons in very high numbers, and is now only waiting for government permission.
The aprons would be used during, among other things, treatment of patients infected with the Coronavirus, but there is a lack of all kinds of protective equipment, including these aprons. Moreover, global demand for Personal Protective Equipment is extremely high, making it more difficult to import it- so there are significant efforts ongoing to try and produce more in The Netherlands.
Technologies Added director Rob Goossens and his team made the plan and submitted it to the government. “We have been asked to see if we could play a role in solving the shortage of aprons and splash aprons. I have a history in textiles and called several people.”
The plan concerns the production of about 100,000 aprons in the week: both disposable and those that are washable. A production line could be up and running within six weeks.
Technologies Added is the first ‘smart factory’ in The Netherlands, which aims to streamline production through flexible assembly lines held in one location in Emmen, Drenthe.