The coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes have reshaped how we live and how we do business. Though the situation is fluid as conditions continue to change, manufacturing remains an essential business in many locations. Maintaining the supply chain and access to necessary equipment will help support essential manufacturing operations. To that end, Process Heating will report on any developments relating to low temperature industrial thermal processing here.
Looking for ways to earn professional development hours or continuing education credits despite the travel limitations imposed by COVID-19? The continuing education center for thermal processing, developed jointly by the thermal brands of BNP Media, offers courses specifically focused on industrial thermal processing.
According to research conducted by Clear Seas Research (a BNP Media Company) April 16-20, 56 percent of active business and 50 percent of planned business throughout the manufacturing industry is still on schedule during the coronavirus pandemic. These numbers show a decline from the last survey April 2-6, which showed 63 percent of active business and 57 percent of planned business was on schedule.
Stony Brook University released an article detailing its preliminary research and findings on the efficacy of dry heat sterilization on personal protective equipment (PPE). The research team used a Gruenberg dry heat sterilizer to determine if there was degradation of the N95 masks after several rounds of dry heat treatment. Results from the testing were positive.
Baker Furnace developed an incineration solution for infectious medical waste. As more and more people are treated for COVID-19, the amount of infectious waste produced will continue to increase. The company manufactured a medical waste incinerator that uses temperatures in excess of 1832°F (1000°C) to eliminate infectious pathogens and reduce waste.
The nation's small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the president signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.
To help front-line workers at hospitals, testing clinics and other health-care facilities in their fight against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes, Thermal Product Solutions LLC is working with hospitals in the Northeast to test the efficacy of dry heat sterilization on PPE and N95 masks for re-use.