Now that Austria has started to relax its nationwide lockdown measures, plastics machinery manufacturer Engel has reopened its machinery plants in Schwertberg and Valentin, and the robot factory in Dietach.
The company closed down all production at the sites 21 March in connection with the outbreak of COVID-19. At that time, the number of new infections in the regions in the vicinity of 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 immediately after Easter, albeit with close observance of the behavioural guidelines put in place by management and the Engel health team. Based on the recommendations and regulations of the authorities, they set down 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 1.5 metres to other people is maintained. The company has issued protective masks to its employees. It has also has shortened cleaning intervals 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 (FATs) are currently allowed to be scheduled.