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Epwin Window Systems manufacturing PPE for NHS frontline workers

Epwin Window Systems is using its 3D printing capabilities to produce two types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to support NHS frontline workers.

Clare O’Hara, Managing Director at Epwin Window Systems, said: “NHS staff are doing an amazing job and we all owe them so much. Two members of our Epwin team, Alan Humphries, Systems Developer, and Steve Coxill, Engineering Service Manager, saw how they could use our equipment to give something back.”

Working in line with social distancing advice, Alan and Steve are producing two types of PPE. The first is “ear savers”, which are worn behind the head with face masks to stop the elastic rubbing the wearer's ears. These are being distributed to healthcare settings near Epwin Window Systems’ headquarters in Telford, Shropshire. Feedback so far has been exceptionally positive.

Steve Coxill commented: “I heard from one wearer that she had used the ear savers on her last shift and she couldn’t explain how great it was. She said behind her ears were red raw and just using the device for one shift had freed her of so much pain and her ears can start to heal now. They are easy for her to sterilise and keep in her pocket without getting in the way till needed. It was amazing to hear we are able to do something to help.”

The second item is the headbands and chin supports that make up face shields. This is being done as part of a much larger coordinated group, 3DCrowd UK. Ranging from hobbyists to professional 3D printers, 3DCrowd UK co-ordinates a community response, printing, collecting and distributing the face shield parts made by volunteers up and down the UK.

Steve commented: “Each set takes around three hours 15 minutes to print and there is a strict set of procedures to follow, such as wiping down the work area to sanitise, wearing disposable non-latex gloves to handle any parts and putting each batch into a ziplock bag, which is then dated to ensure it is enclosed for at least three days to avoid any contamination risks.”

Examples such as this one from Epwin Window Systems show how the industry is offering its capabilities and expertise to support frontline NHS workers in the fight against COVID-19.


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Epwin Window Systems

Profile 22 manufacture a comprehensive range of 60mm and 70mm PVC-U windows and door systems.

Its products are integrated, meaning all four suites offer a choice of sash and outer frame combinations, share common beads and have dedicated Safeware locks and hardware. Making it simple to specify and fabricate window and doors to suit any application. Integration offers huge benefits to fabricators and makes it very economical to sell into new market sectors.

Profile 22 integrated products also incorporate unique and proven labour saving features that can make significant impact on your productivity, saving time and money in the factory and on site.

Profile 22 at a glance:

  • British owned manufacturer of PVC-U profile.
  • Based in Telford in a 150,000 sq ft factory and customer support complex.
  • Working with windows since 1976.
  • 40,000 frames made using Profile 22 every week.
  • Part of the £180m Epwin Group.
  • Dedicated specification team and a nationwide network of manufacturers of high quality PVC-U windows and doors.


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