Indian Railways has found an efficient technique to mass manufacture PPE kits to fight COVID-19.
Indian Railways, which started manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) in its various production units, has developed a process of sewing with hot air seam seal tape for high reliability. According to Railway Ministry officials, a new technique has been developed by Parel Workshop of Central Railway, in which the process of sewing PPE kits with hot air seam sealing tape has been developed.
This PPE Kits Will Ensure High Reliability
An official said that this process has enabled higher rates of production as the tape application is fully automated and this has resulted in better seam sealing due to the fusion of the tape with the fabric, which will ensure high reliability to medicos in long-term use.
Seam by Hot Air Tape Was Found to Be Effective and Reliable
The official said the sample coverall was tested at the Ordnance Factory in Muradnagar and passed for both fabric and seam. The officer also said that these PPE clothes were stitched by Jagadhri workshop of Northern Railway. The sewing work of PPE was also done at Parel Workshop, which was doing the sealing process by manual application of self-sealing as per the Northern Railway process. However, during manufacturing, it was observed that the manual sealing process of the seam is labour-intensive and time-consuming. Thus, the aspect related to seam-sealing was studied in detail by Parel Workshop and after examining various options, sealing the seam by hot air tape was found to be effective and reliable as compared to self-adhesive tape. Due to the automated process, it became better for the fabric to adhere to hot air seam seal tape.
Railways Also Manufactured Different Medical Kits during Lockdown
Railways have also started manufacturing hand sanitizers, face masks and medical beds, at workshop production units during the lockdown across the country. Railways have also generated many isolation coaches for the patients infected from Coronavirus. Recently, railways officials said that they have produced millions of face masks for their railways’ staffs and employees who are working with railways in this odd situation.