While most industries have undergone drastic changes over the course of the last year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, none has been impacted more than the medical industry. Doctors, nurses, and hospital staff have dealt with more patients than ever before. And outside of hospitals, biomedical manufacturers have had to make an unprecedented number of tests and other equipment to keep people safe and combat the spread of this virus.
Coronavirus testing technology requires specific conditions
During the course of this pandemic, one thing has been made clear: testing is key to stopping the spread of the virus. Finding a way to test the masses required technical expertise and collaboration from multiple organizations. Polygon was proud to be one of those organizations providing temporary climate solutions for warehouses in Illinois, Maine, and New York. Specific conditions are required to make effective test kits. To be more precise, the manufacturers required a dry room with 300,000 cfm (477,000 cm3) of low dew point air and 2000 tons (7,000 KW) of chilled water that maintains 5% relative humidity.
Technical problems require temporary climate experts
This was no easy task, especially considering that up to 100 people would be working inside. While many companies carry some dehumidification equipment, Polygon offers the largest fleet of temporary climate equipment to fit any job, In addition to that, we have the experts who know how to put that equipment to use and achieve the conditions needed.
"Polygon has gained the confidence of our customer through our engineered solutions and delivered a technically challenging equipment set-up with our highly trained operations team,” says David Simkins, Director and Head of Engineering.
This project is our second largest project to date. It required a technically sound team to follow strict guidelines. The team managed a jaw-dropping quantity of equipment: 125 large dehumidifiers, chillers, air handlers, coils, heaters, and monitoring and control equipment, 4.9 miles of temporary power cable, 4 megawatts of temporary power, and 2 miles of flexible ducting to deliver the system.
National Operations Manager Kevin Lockard had this to say about the project: “This year the Polygon US Team has worked together as a group to support our customers and each other. To be a part of a team to perform these large and complex Covid-19 test kit projects is impressive. To do so while supporting our base business, the intense hurricane’s making landfall on the Gulf Coast, and record wildfire season on the West Coast is remarkable.”
Whether a project is big or small, the experts at Polygon are ready to step up to the challenge. While the work we do may involve equipment that aids a manufacturing process, at the end of the day it’s about people. As we continue to fight through this challenging pandemic, the Polygon family will work tirelessly to help millions of people working in the healthcare sector. If you need temporary climate solutions in your facility, contact Polygon and talk with an expert today. And remember, Polygon is always by your side.