Apple is the latest company to design a face shield with an architecture studio Foster + Partners, sports brand Nikeand researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Cambridge among organizations that have already created versions of the individual protection equipment (EAR).
“We launched a company-wide effort, bringing together product designers, engineering, operations and packaging teams and our suppliers to design, produce and ship face shields for agents. health, “said Tim Cook. in a post on Twitter.
the piece of PPE designed by Apple consists of three parts – the face shield, the front strap and the silicone strap. Instructions on how to assemble the shield were published on Apple’s support website with an information video.
Apple shields can be assembled in less than two minutes and are fully adjustable. They can be worn in two ways, regular cut and extra space.
According to the company, they will be shipped flat in boxes of 100.
Apple has delivered the first face shields to a medical facility in California and plans to manufacture one million masks per week in the United States and China.
“Our first shipment was delivered to Kaiser Hospital facilities in the Santa Clara Valley last week, and the feedback has been very positive,” said Cook.
“We buy materials and manufacture in the United States and China. We plan to ship over a million by the end of this week, and over a million per week thereafter.”
“We are working in close coordination with health care professionals and government officials in the United States to get them to where they are most urgent,” he said. “We hope to quickly expand distribution beyond the United States.”
Face shields are designed to provide protection against fluids that may contain the coronavirus, but they are designed to be worn with a face mask and other protective clothing.
“Intended to be worn with PPE,” indicates an Apple warning. “The device has not been tested or qualified to prevent or reduce infection and does not provide particulate filtration.”
Foster + Partners has created a laser cut face shield, while researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Queensland designed an origami facial mask made by folding a sheet of transparent plastic and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology did disposable face shield made from a single piece of plastic.