Refrigeration display case manufacturer ISA has restarted its production in Italy after employing a high tech safety solution called SWAT (Systems Workers Advance Tracing).
The firm had shut its plant in Perugia due to the Covid-19 outbreak but the new system has allowed it to bring its workforce back into operation.
ISA products are supplied to Britain by Taylor UK. Marketing manager David Rees detailed: “The management team at ISA has a history of left-field designs and strategies, so I guess it’s no surprise that they are ahead of the curve here, too.
“What’s brilliant about the SWAT system is that the workers in the manufacturing facility say they feel safe – and I imagine they are delighted to be back at work.”
SWAT works by monitoring workers’ positions, using an app and a tracker that clips on their clothing. If they get too close to each other the device vibrates and sends an alert to a central computer.
Using the toilet presents potential difficulties in terms of social distancing, but here SWAT uses a traffic light system that shows green if a worker can enter and red if they need to wait their turn.
Additional safety measures at the ISA factory include the wearing of face masks and separation of work stations by dividers.
“If manufacturers want to stay in business, they will have to modify work patterns and bring in new safety procedures,” said Rees. “Technology like SWAT is going to be a huge bonus as we adapt in order to survive.”