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A global effort to provide support

HP has shone a light on its print-service-providers (PSPs) which have used their wide-format print capabilities to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

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HP print partners across the world are using the technology to support in the coronavirus pandemic

Working with limited staff and adhering to social distancing guidelines isn’t the easiest in a busy hands-on production line. Acknowledging this, Santi Morera, general manager and global head of HP’s Graphics Solutions Business has praised the firm’s print partners for their “unrelenting dedication” during this time.

Teaming up with Kings County Distillery, New York City-based Duggal Visual Solutions is producing, bottling and labelling products that are in demand in the US, such as hand sanitiser.

Duggal has also retooled its entire production facility to produce face shields for medical staff and first responders.

Mark Lovci, vice president of Duggal comments: “Over the past week, we assembled a task force to address the shortage in health care safety equipment and immediately saw we could quickly produce face shields. Over 150 volunteers are coming to work to make this life-saving equipment, producing 120,000 units in the first week, with a total order of 360,000 units.”

Over 150 volunteers are coming to work to make this life-saving equipment, producing 120,000 units in the first week, with a total order of 360,000 units

Wilmington-based Kirkwood Printing has changed its set-up to be able to complete overnight deliver of outdoor signage for drive-though testing centres.

Produced on HP Latex R2000 printers, the signage was created for a locally headquartered national pharmacy. The firm has also created signage using HP Indigo digital presses for local businesses which have had to close.

Another firm that used HP Indigo digital presses was Beijing Indigo Digital Printing, which created virus prevention informational signage and materials for National Health Commission and Beijing National Health Commission in China.

Maryland-based Ironmark also used HP technology to create coronavirus related signage for nine health care systems across 150 locations. The signage informs of designated areas in hospitals for triage and newly repurposed spaces with special facilities.

To help keep shop workers safe during this time, Spanish point-of-sale (POS) firm, Sabaté, has created protective separation screens to create a barrier between workers and customers. It has also produced self-adhesive vinyl floor signs to help people with social distancing.

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