Face shields produced by SMI help protect against transmission of respiratory droplets, blood pathogens, and bodily fluids. Image courtesy of Seal Methods Inc.

SMI’s protective shields are suitable for workers in healthcare and other frontline environments

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif.—Seal Methods Inc. (SMI) is producing face shields to help protect healthcare workers against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The protective face shields provide emergency disposable protection and are suitable for workers in healthcare, warehouses, and other retail or frontline environments, SMI said in a release.

The face shields have a 12-inch by 9-inch PET plastic barrier that helps protect against the  transmission of respiratory droplets, blood pathogens, and bodily fluids. An elastic headband makes them easy to put on and take off, and they are made for comfort with a soft, breathable foam pad. They can be used with a face mask, glasses, or safety goggles, the company said.

As COVID-19 continued to spread, the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers was becoming evident. The team at SMI quickly prototyped a face shield that could be efficiently mass produced to meet the growing need.

Emergency disposable protection from SMI with a 12-inch by 9-inch PET plastic barrier. Images courtesy of Seal Methods Inc.

“We saw the immediate need by healthcare workers for better protective equipment,” said Darin Welter, vice president of sales at SMI, in the release. “Medical components are one of the products we manufacture, so we knew we could quickly start producing face shields and get them in the hands of those who need them most.”

Cases of 100 individually bagged SMI protective face shields are already being delivered, and SMI said it is “ready to meet ongoing demand.”

For more information or to place an order, visit https://sealmethodsinc.com.

Seal Methods Inc. is a prominent fabricator of specialty components, such as custom gaskets, seals, tapes, and precision die-cut materials. In addition to die cutting, SMI offers services that include slitting, CNC cutting (knife, waterjet, and laser), converting, molding, extruding, and packaging. The company serves clients in the automotive, medical, transportation, and electronics markets, among others.

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