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Could Skin Temperature Screening Help Keep Illness Out of Food and Drink Manufacturers in the Run Up to Christmas?

Thursday, November 5, 2020

AMETEK Land launched a new temperature screening system earlier this year that could help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, throughout food production and preparation premises and beyond.

Food and Drink at Christmas The VIRALERT 3 system, which has been developed over 10 years by LAND’s experts, provides real-time infrared thermal imaging from a safe social distance, scanning for elevated temperatures that could indicate infection.

Temperature screening systems have become an essential addition to the existing infrastructure of public and private locations, which need to ensure the safety of people entering the facilities.

Aside from healthcare facilities, food and drink manufacturing remains one of the most important sectors for both the economy and the welfare of the nation during the COVID-19 outbreak. The U.K. is estimated to have around 20,000 food and drink manufacturers that contribute around £28 billion to the economy. 

In May, it was reported that three U.K. meat processing workers who had tested positive for the coronavirus had sadly died.

A report published in The Guardian newspaper in June 2020 claimed there had been 450 cases of COVID-19 reported at U.K. food processors. Meanwhile, in August, the Food Standards Authority revealed there were at least 40 active outbreaks at food processing plants. Further outbreaks have been reported at food manufacturers during October.

As the holidays are approaching, along with the traditional flu season, could installing temperature screening systems help manufacturers to keep illness out of their workplaces?

World-leading temperature monitoring experts at AMETEK Land, based near Sheffield in Yorkshire, believe they could with the right equipment in place. 

LAND Spokesperson, Christopher Leonard  said: VIRALERT 3 is the first of its kind, providing a camera and a temperature-controlled reference source on a single mounting as well as automaticAsk The Doctor... face detection, taking a reading that’s accurate to within 0.5°C in just two seconds.

“It provides an effective solution for manufacturing plants and factories, scanning people on entry without causing unnecessary delays. The automated operation allows employees and site visitors to move quickly into the workplace without any contact.”

The VIRALERT 3 builds on AMETEK Land’s proven expertise in temperature technology. The company has been developing high-accuracy infrared measurement instruments since 1947 and has been creating human body temperature screening systems since responding to the SARS outbreak of 2003. 

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