Covid-19: IIT Jammu develops face-shield that can be produced on mass scale

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IIT Jammu develops face-shield: Joining hands in the fight against coronavirus, students of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jammu are busy preparing protective gears for security forces. IIT has developed a face-shield that will be handed over to the police for trial. MS Gaur, Director said, “This design can also be produced on a mass scale, 3D printers were used for the production of prototypes”.

 
Speaking to ANI, Manoj Singh Gaur, Director, IIT Jammu said, “After the institution was closed following the lockdown, some students and faculty members were interested in developing PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment). For that, we developed a face shield. This design can also be produced on a mass scale, 3D printers were used for the production of prototypes”.

Appreciating the efforts taken by the students and faculty members of IIT, Jammu, Suram Singh, Superintendent of Police (SP) Rural, Jammu and Kashmir Police said that the face shield will be tested first and then it will be brought to use.

“These protective gears are on trial stage right now. Our officer will first test this because we have to stay in various fields round the clock. We will be giving feedback to them. They have worked very hard despite the unavailability of the material amid the lockdown,” he added.

Several other teams of IIT, Jammu are also trying to develop ventilators, UV sanitization chambers and two to three other products. It will take at least four to six weeks to come up with the first sample of the ventilator, Manoj Singh Gaur, Director, IIT Jammu, informed.

“We are also making UV sanitization chambers with additional plasma plumes which can help us decontaminate any PPE reusable product. We are also working on oxygen concentrator designs which will be kind of our efforts towards Make in India,” Gaur added.

Vijay Kumar Pal, Assistant Engineer, Department of Mechanical Engineering told ANI that the students and faculty here are also developing Positive-Pressure Respiratory System (PPRS) along with other attempts, which can be used post-COVID as well.

“The face shield we have developed is reusable. We are developing the ventilators with a low-cost objective.”

As per the latest data from the home ministry, there are almost 570 cases so far in the union territory(Jammu)

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