Volvo’s cab workshops making visors for healthcare4/8/20
Using leftover overhead sheets and a 3D printer, Volvo’s cab workshops are making protective visors for home healthcare in Gothenburg. There is a high global demand for protective visors for healthcare workers.
Camilla Vitelli is one of the managers in product development at the Volvo Group. “I know someone who works in home healthcare in the area of Gothenburg where Volvo has most of its operations,” says Camilla Vitelli. “She got in touch and asked if we had any transparent sheets that had previously been used for overhead appliances.”
Camilla got in touch with some colleagues at Volvo and was able to source 5,500 overhead sheets.
“But when I heard that they had attempted to build headsets for the visors, I realized that we should be able to assist with that too. In the workshop where we develop truck cabs, we have a 3D printer where we usually manufacture prototype parts for the cabs.”
In an article in an evening paper, Camilla found a 3D graphics company who offered free of charge to set up the 3D printers to make headsets.
“It took no time at all to reconfigure the machine,” explains Magnus Haglund, manager of the cab workshop. Together with the likes of Roger Rosenqvist and Jan Niklasson, who usually work with the 3D printers, they manufacture approximately 1,600 headsets per week.
They are all temporarily laid-off from Volvo and have been told not to return to work for six weeks. But working as a volunteer is quite alright, and for Roger Rosenqvist there was no hesitation at all in leaving his apartment and returning to the workshop when he heard the proposal.
This virus has shown itself to be much worse than we initially thought. It feels good that my knowledge and time can contribute to helping take care of the old and unwell.
The headsets, which can be washed and reused, and the overhead sheets are now being sent to city council where they are assembled by disabled people as part of their daily work.