MSA Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Advantage 200 face mask. Image courtesy of MSA.

In our continuing coverage of the manufacturing sector’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have talked about what we are doing to ensure the safety of our employees and their families.  We have also told of unusual collaborations between manufacturers as well as incredible tales of lightning-fast speed-to-market.

For our part, we have seen strong demand for direct-to-object part-marking machines, particularly in the safety equipment, food packaging, or medical device manufacturing sectors.   So we reached out to our customers to see how they were adapting to manufacturing in light of the pandemic, and to see whether any of them had any interesting stories of their own of manufacturing products essential in the fight against the disease. For one company, MSA, located outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant a surge in demand for its products.

MSA, whose slogan is “The Safety Company”, is a leading manufacturer of HEFH (Head/Eye/Face/Hearing) safety equipment.  Recently, MSA donated 65,000 N95 masks to the Allegheny Health Network in Pennsylvania for healthcare providers battling COVID-19.  MSA is also rapidly expanding production of its Advantage® 200 respirator. Rene Burger, Global Manufacturing Engineering Manager for MSA, reports that the entire MSA Family has been working around the clock seven days a week since the pandemic started to ramp-up production.

MSA is also a customer of Engineered Printing Solutions.  EPS built a singlepass inkjet machine for the company, complete with inline corona pretreatment.  MSA chose a digital solution because they wanted the possibility of economical short runs, including the ability to mark parts with variable data such as an employee’s name or even blood type.

Are you in the safety equipment, food packaging, or medical device manufacturing business?  How has the coronavirus pandemic affected your business?  Have you converted production to essential items?  Tell us your story!  And as always, if we can help contribute to your success, we are here for you.  EPS is open and filling orders for print consumables as well as machine orders.

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