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North-East fabricator supports food and beverage processing sector overcome Coronavirus challenges

Gateshead-based AMF member, Tech Projects has strengthened its presence in the food and drink processing industry after using specialist fabrication expertise to help businesses adapt to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The company, which designs and manufactures conveyor systems and provides structural access and material handling solutions, has provided a range of screens, tables and sanitising stations to enable companies to create Covid-19 secure working environments 

Based at an extensive site in Felling, Tech Projects has been commissioned by companies across the UK’s food and beverage sector to provide solutions which enable social distancing in the workplace and help businesses implement safe working practices 

In March, the company designed and manufactured hand sanitising stations as an immediate response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The stations are fabricated in stainless steel and feature swivel castors with brakes to enable the units to be moved to where they are needed most. These features also enable staff to take the units with them as they move from line to line within a factory, so increasing efficiencyThe design ensures that the units can also be chained securely through the frame to a barrier or fence if required. 

The hand sanitisation units have been well received by Tech Projects customers within the food and beverage industry, who have been able to build regular sanitisation into their processes without staff having to leave their posts – thus cutting down on time whilst maintaining high safety standards cleaning regimes.  

The company has also received a number of requests for screen solutions which enable workers to be Covid-secure whilst still being able to see and interact with products on a conveyor.  

Tech Projects has applied its more than 20 years of expertise in stainless steel fabrication to develop bespoke solutions such as some screens enable clear viewing panels and enable staff to work in close proximity. Whereas others have been designed to sit alongside a conveyor belt so that colleagues can continue to work across from each other safelyThe fabricated stainless steel screens also meet food hygiene standards.  

Tech Projects has also manufactured and installed of a number of individual stainless steel worktables, following customer demand. The tables have been designed to ensure workers can continue with their jobs with access to their own dedicated materials affixed to each table. This reduces the need to share resources and ensures self-sufficient working.  

Michael Donachie, General Manager, Tech Projects commented: “Over the last few monthwe have applied our fabrication expertise and in-depth knowledge of the food and drink processing industry to design new products in response to the requirements of Covid-19 safe working practices.  

“The products are highly suitable for the food and beverage sector, as they have been designed and manufactured to meet food and health and safety standards. However, we have also received enquiries for hand sanitising units in the retail sector as well as in educational facilities. We’ve even designed bespoke screens that can easily be attached to office desks. 

“With our well-equipped site here in Gateshead and the experience of the team in stainless steel fabrication we’re well geared up for further requests and will continue to be responsive to our clients needs.” 

Tech Projects is part of the Go 2 Engineering Group which means it can draw on the complementary capabilities of NDT Equipment SuppliesBradon Engineering Ltd and CV Precision Engineering to offer a wide range of engineering service to industry, including non-destructible testing products and equipment, hydraulic and manual fixtures and machine tooling.

Tech Projects’ often operates as a business’s full fabrication partner and its specialist welding team can offer repair and customisation work with a quick turnaround. The company also applies its extensive design, manufacturing and installation expertise, to develop conveyor systems which are shaped to solve its customers’ production and automation challenges and operate effectively within their working environments.

Tech Projects’ screen guards, hand sanitiser units and workstation tables are available to businesses which need additional support to ensure their workplaces can stay open for business and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

For more information on Tech Projects, view its member profile here.

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