MMT Chats: Quickly Managing Design Changes Amidst COVID-19

MoldMaking Technology’s Christina Fuges chats with Xcentric Mold & Engineering  to learn about the team’s role in a domestic supply chain initiative to meet the demand for personal protective equipment. 


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I chat with VP of Marketing Mark Strobel and VP of Sales John Sidorowicz of Xcentric Mold & Engineering in Clinton Township, Michigan to hear all about their role in a domestic supply chain initiative to meet the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), specifically face shields. 

Get the low down on this project with Zverse, a digital manufacturing company located in South Carolina, who started this initiative to produce headbands for face shields.

The initiative began with 3D-printed shields to rapidly meet a portion of the immediate need. However, overwhelming demand requires injection molding to produce shields on a massive scale and at a price that healthcare providers can afford. For this ZVerse turned to Xcentric Mold & Engineering who specializes in fast delivery injection molding services to scale up to 250,000 units per month.

The one-size-fits-all shields are professionally engineered and compliant with Class 1 devices as listed under the emergency order. They are reusable, easy-to-clean, and designed to protect the face, mouth, and eyes from spray and splatter. Each unit comes in three parts: headset, visor, and application band. Each shield takes 30 seconds to assemble.

Bulk orders can be placed through the ZVerse website: https://www.zverse.com/zshield-shop/. Shields have also been made available for the general public to purchase in single quantities, 5-packs, or 10-packs.

ZVerse also launched Be the Shield, a movement meant to inspire people to shield healthcare workers by staying home, washing hands, and practicing social distancing. For more information, visit BetheShield.info.