PUNE: In its fight against the Corona pandemic, Pune-based Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), the regulatory body for the Indian automotive industry has come forward with an initiative to manufacture and distribute a special Face-Shield to protect the Corona Warriors including the health care service providers, police personnel and government officials who have been working round the clock for citizens in this situation.
The robust Face-Shield is an important part of the Proactive Personal Equipment (PPE) kit, which is needed by healthcare and emergency service providers. It will also allow the Corona Warriors to build their own face shield in just 2 minutes.
The idea is nurtured under the guidance of Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, ARAI. ARAI is committed to manufacturing about 20,000 special Face-Shields, out of which the ARAI team has donated over 2,000 face shields to Pune City Mayor, Murlidhar Mohol for distribution to the personnel engaged in essential services.
ARAI members inclusive of Ujjwala Karle, General Manager, Nitin Dhande, Senior Deputy Director, Dr. Mohan Uchgaonkar, Sr Deputy Director, Managers Ashwin Subramaniam and Ravindra Shah, Rajesh Saini and Rathin Shah, Engineers were present during this event.
Speaking on the initiative, Ujjwala Karle said, “It is our responsibility as a society to provide protection to the people who have been performing essential services during this critical time. As products like hand sanitizers, PPE kits including face shields are necessary for these service providers, ARAI keeping that in mind has created this Face-Shield. Compared to other Face-Shields available in the market, this shield is strong but light in weight, 100 % transparent, long-lasting, often reusable, will cover the entire face, is resistant to heat and chemicals, and is scratch proof and sterilized. Anybody will be able to make and use this Face-Shield for themselves in just two minutes.”
According to her, the Robust polycarbonate sheet has been used for this Face-Shield, which can be adjusted according to a person’s face and will provide clear visibility and its effect will be several times higher than other Face-Shields.
“We are committed to providing 20,000 Face-Shields to the Pune Municipal Corporation. In addition to this, we will be coming up with a more robust design of this product to create an improved and stronger shield,” Nitin Dhande said.
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