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Combating coronavirus: UAE-based university to produce face shields, mask clips

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on June 8, 2020 | Last updated on June 8, 2020 at 04.08 pm
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The university's engineering department had come up with a modified design for the face shield by laser cutting polyethylene material.

Face shields and mask clips production will see a boost in the emirate as the Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has teamed up with Exxon Al Khalij (ExxonMobil).

"This partnership underscores the vital corporate social responsibility of the private sector across all domains. Through this collaboration, we strive to reinforce efforts in combating this global pandemic, using all resources and capabilities available, and boosting the production of the face shields, which will be provided to hospitals in Abu Dhabi," said Professor Waqar Ahmad, ADU chancellor.

The university's engineering department had come up with a modified design for the face shield by laser cutting polyethylene material that is more comfortable for use for first responders. The final prototype took two days to create, including the initial blueprint design that was created by modifying an existing design in order to accommodate the comfort factor as well as the time required to manufacture and assemble the parts.

Numerous trials were conducted prior to obtaining the final design for the shield. The team working on the project applies laser cutting techniques and is using 3D printers to create face shields and clips.

According to the university officials, ExxonMobil's donation will help ramp up production of the face shields and clips by increasing the speed of production allowing the ADU to meet demands from hospitals faster. The donation will also help improve the quality of the product, including a better surface finish. Mask clips will also be produced more rapidly, which some hospitals require in large quantities, up to 4,000 a week.

Christian Lenoble, ExxonMobil's UAE lead country manager, said: "These are challenging times for all of us. We are grateful for the efforts of first responders and medical professionals in the UAE who are working so hard to help manage the effects of this pandemic. ExxonMobil is proud to support ADU's College of Engineering in efforts to fight Covid-19 by supplying our first responders with protective equipment."

The engineering department had earlier rallied its engineering labs, working closely with hospitals, to produce over 1,000 clips required for face masks using the university's state-of-the-art 3D printers. 

Ismail Sebugwaawo

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