MxD Leverages In-House Capabilities for a Safe Office Return

COVID-19, Digital Manufacturing

This week, additional members of the MxD team head into the office as we prepare to safely welcome more partners and guests during Phase 4 of Restore Illinois.

Our building operations, events, and future factory teams have been hard at work over the past several weeks to make the MxD innovation center as safe and sanitary as possible, making several items in-house that can be replicated in other work environments.

Safe Entry

When visitors enter the building, signs guide them to a touchless thermometer scanner that indicates whether their temperature is normal or elevated. They are also directed to respond to questions about their physical state and possible exposure to COVID-19 and are asked to exit and seek care if appropriate.

If any queues form, decals on the atrium floor indicate where to stand to ensure social distancing. Entry is limited to one set of turnstiles with exit at the opposite end, so traffic is one-way in either direction.

The factory team has designed, prototyped (3D printed), and tested a stylus using conductive PLA and rubber tips to allow visitors to avoid directly touching registration iPads. The styluses can be sanitized between uses. MxD has produced about 60 for use at the facility, and the design is free and available for others to produce a similar tool.