During the pandemic, researchers of KU (Klaipėda University) are cooperating with Klaipėda Free Economic Zone (FEZ) and the plastic packaging manufacturers Terekas and contributing their knowledge and skills.
Performing the role of an expert
The protective shields, flexibly enveloping the face, are produced by the Terekas company and KU researchers of clear PET plastic, usually used to make more expensive cosmetic bottles. “The fact that we were able to create the product in a fortnight sounds incredible. Prof. Artūras Razbadauskas, Rector of KU, played the role of an expert in the project. His direct experience of working in surgery with shields as well as his active involvement in the field of health care proved to be especially useful,” says Gintautas Maksvytis, Executive Director of the said company.
Maksvytis said that Razbadauskas helped to form a technical task for the designers, participated in the product development, the discussions of technical drawings, and prototype tests, and assisted with organising feedback, i.e. testing in hospitals. According to the head of the company, thanks to the cooperation with the University, the produced shield was recognised by consumers to be the most comfortable, ecological, and best looking product in the industry.
The Terekas company calculated that the price of the shield to be cut and folded by customers themselves can amount to about 0.5 Eur. The price of the ready-to-wear shield will be about 2 Eur.