Some European machinery suppliers forced to shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic are now in process of bringing production back on line.
Now that Austria has started to relax its nationwide lockdown measures, plastics machinery manufacturer Engel Holding GmbH has reopened its machinery plants in Schwertberg and Valentin and a robot factory in Dietach.
The company closed down all production at the sites March 21 in connection with the outbreak of COVID-19. At that time, the number of new infections in regions near the plants was rising strongly. Closing the factories enabled Engel to "actively contribute to slowing down the further spread of the virus," the company said in a statement.
Operations resumed the week of April 13, although with close observance of the behavioral guidelines put in place by management and the Engel health team. Based on the recommendations and regulations of the authorities, officials set procedures and practices to safeguard the health of all employees in the various areas at work. The guidelines include modified working hours and staggered rest and lunch breaks.
Seating arrangements in office areas ensure a minimum distance of at least 5 feet between workers. The company has issued protective masks to its employees. It has also has more frequent cleaning and regularly disinfects frequently used facilities and equipment. Yet for the time being, many employees are still working from home. Also, no plant visits or factory acceptance tests are currently allowed to be scheduled.