CKF Inc. retools to produce face shields for COVID-19 frontline workers
April 16, 2020 By Manufacturing AUTOMATION
CKF Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of food service, packaging and tableware, has retooled to produce a face shield for frontline health-care workers fighting COVID-19.
The company, known for producing the Royal Chinet brand of paper products, designed, tooled up and began the pilot manufacturing of the protective gear at its plant in Delta, B.C. in less than two weeks.
Made from recycled PET (rPET), the Front Line Face Shields are assembled in 60 seconds and will be available from CKF’s Delta, B.C. and Rexdale, Ont. locations.
The face shields come with assembly instructions and are available in cases of 144 – containing six bags of 24 – so they can be distributed to individual departments or locations.
“I could not be more proud of our team,” says Ian Anderson, president of CKF, Inc., in a statement. “We all heard the call of frontline medical workers for much-needed PPE so our staff got to work.
“They quickly mobilized resources, reached out to our trusted suppliers and developed a plan to re-deploy our manufacturing capacity to produce the much-needed face shields.”
The company worked with local industrial design firm Tangram Design and national material suppliers on the face shield.
CKF has also ramped up production and service for food packaging, such as meat and produce trays and egg cartons.
The Front Line Face Shields are set to start full production this week with production capacity for up to one million face shields per month.