Manufacturing

UMass Amherst Contributes to Development of Open-source N95 Respirator

In one of the latest COVID-19 response projects at UMass Amherst, the Advanced Digital Design and Fabrication (ADDFab) laboratory is collaborating with a global network of design, engineering, and manufacturing experts to help develop an open-source N95 face mask. ADDFab, one of the core facilities at UMass’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences, has been rapidly…

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UMass Amherst’s Hava Siegelmann Honored by U.S. Department of Defense

Nearly 100 colleagues recently joined an online celebration to honor Professor Hava Siegelmann of the UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), as she received the rarely awarded Meritorious Public Service Medal from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense. It is the third-highest honor the Department…

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More than 600 businesses apply to help with coronavirus response in Massachusetts to make personal protective equipment

Charlie Merrow, a seventh-generation manager of Merrow Manufacturing in Fall River, estimates the company will produce up to 4 million medical gowns, coveralls and other protective items in the coming months in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Enlisting the help of the Baker administration, Merrow pivoted from making sewing machines and apparel to producing protective…

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Staffing companies say coronavirus has slowed hiring; demand expected to pick up as manufacturing reopens

Many of the manufacturers that rely on staffing services aren’t hiring now because they are shut down, deemed nonessential under statewide rules meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But Patricia Canavan, president of United Personnel in Springfield, said some of her clients have converted at least some of their manufacturing capacity into making…

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Coronavirus response: East Longmeadow toy factory making face shields instead of board games

The Cartamundi plant here and its workers usually makes classic games like Monopoly and Trouble and churn out canisters of Play-Doh, all for toy giant Hasbro. But today they’re making personal protection equipment, manufacturing 50,000 plastic face shields per week, for donation to local hospitals during this COVID-19 pandemic. The project is a partnership between…

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Massachusetts manufacturers step up to meet emergency, look for opportunities in post-COVID-19 economy

Massachusetts manufacturers are making products to fight the novel coronavirus, save patients caught in its grip, protect doctors and nurses, and arrest the disease’s spread. That might be stuff that’s already in their product line. Pelican Products in South Deerfield makes Pelican Storm Cases for lifesaving ventilators shipped from Oregon to New York City. Sometimes…

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Coronavirus response: Smith & Wesson, Eastman Chemical donate face shields to Springfield police and firefighters

The Smith & Wesson and Eastman Chemical companies have donated hundreds of face shields for use by Springfield police and firefighters as protection from the coronavirus. Smith & Wesson donated an additional 300 face shields for the Police and Fire departments, and for the Health Department’s for its homeless medical operations, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno…

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