From the beginning of the COVID-19 alarm, we offered the authorities all of our technological capabilities in order to help with the design, supply and/or manufacture of any material required to fight COVID-19.
We started by manufacturing protective face shields with additive manufacturing technology (3D printing) for complementary use along with the surgical mask in order to cover the face from possible splatters. These face shields are used by our staff to ensure maximum safety measures at the workplace. We also donated more than 100 of these face shields to different hospitals and security forces.
The Ministry of Industry contacted us with the aim of increasing the manufacturing rate of ventilators in order to supply up to 5,000 units required by health institutions in the face of current demand caused by COVID-19. We were put in touch with the company HERSILL that manufactures the VITAE 40 Ventilator as well as a number of other national companies. We then established a collaboration agreement with HERSILL for the manufacture and supply of the required ventilators.
The objective of the strategic alliance between the Spanish companies HERSILL and ESCRIBANO is to combine capabilities, experience and resources to support the current demand for these devices due to COVID-19. We have already delivered around 2,000 units to hospitals and health centers throughout Spain.
One of the great challenges to achieve this goal was to adapt the production lines of Escribano M&E in less than 2 weeks, when under normal conditions this would have required 6 months. Thanks to the investment and implementation of Industry 4.0, we were able to adapt our production line from manufacturing parts for defense, to manufacturing parts for ventilators. We also created an assembly area, as well as stockpiling all the essential materials along with HERSILL for the required devices. This was quite a task as the main components are not manufactured in Spain and had to be purchased in Europe, as is the case with the electro-valves.
Escribano leads the production of these ventilators and its critical components, industrial production, final assembly and the mobilization of human resources, both in its own facilities in Alcalá de Henares as well as in Hersill's offices in Móstoles where Escribano has sent material and personnel. Escribano received the commission directly from the Ministry of Health and also coordinates this project along with the Ministry of Industry for possible and imminent export.
Another initiative was to develop a thermal camera capable of detecting high temperatures in people affected by COVID-19.
From the beginning of the declaration of the alert of the pandemic, Escribano, based on its already consolidated infrared technology and starting from one of its high-performance cameras in MWIR, developed a specific camera for his thermographic use in monitoring high temperatures caused by different conditions.
Infrared thermography is a remote monitoring system for elevated temperatures in the human body that can be used quickly and massively. The camera acquires infrared radiation from each person within its field of view that must be corrected and transformed to a specified temperature.
It measures surface temperature by accurately identifying people who have a higher than normal body temperature. It is therefore, a very useful system to identify those suffering from systemic fever caused by COVID-19 or other conditions such as Ebola, common influenza, SARS... etc.
This temperature scanning system does not affect the individual and does not cause the interruption of movement, which gives a lot of versatility being able to be installed in areas with a large flow of personnel without causing jams, such as the entrances of buildings, airports, train stations, stadiums...... All individuals entering the camera's field of view are measured simultaneously in a reliable and accurate procedure without the need to be scanned individually, thus speeding up control and detection procedures at busy access points.
The camera is already in operation in the UME (Military Emergency Unit), where it is being used for access control to headquarters thus facilitating the detection of infected people and allowing the process to be faster, more efficient by avoiding the use of the thermometer individually.
All of our cameras will have this new functionality implemented to ensure security measures such as the use of masks or maintain the required distance between people to prevent the spreading of any disease.