Temperature Scanning KeepsOperations Moving Forward
Faith Technologies deploys thermal imaging solutions that can scan up to 16 people at one time for aquick and easy temperature check at facilities.
Getting people back to work in a safe manner has been a struggle for many companies looking to reopen amid the COVID- 19 pandemic. ;is is especially true for large manufacturing and processingplants where shutdowns, for even just one shi;,can have major impacts on the bottom line.
;is scenario particularly plays out across industries such as food processing, construction,and industrial manufacturing, where plants arestruggling to keep their employees safe and prevent outbreaks, which could further reduce theirworkforce and lead to supply-chain issues.
According to the Centers for Disease Control(CDC), a common sign of COVID- 19 is elevatedbody temperature, so checking the temperatureof all individuals entering a facility can help to diminishthe risk of COVID- 19 or other illnesses entering the plant;oor. To perform these temperature checks safely, companies are looking to technology to provide an added layerof safety for employees and others coming through theirdoors through the use of thermal scanning technology.
WHY A TEMPERATURE SCANNER?
;ermal imaging body scanners are a fast and accurateway to determine if someone’s temperature is higher thanconsidered normal. Catching someone who has a fever butdoesn’t know it can be one helpful way to slow the spread ofthe virus and prevent outbreaks at places that employ largenumbers of people.
“Right now, many companies, including healthcare facilities, are using sta; members to take visitors’ or employees’temperatures upon entering a building,” said Wade Leipold,vice president of solutions for Faith Technologies. “;ere isstill a risk of exposure for the people who are taking each person’s temperature. At our locations, I couldn’t help but wonder why we were manually taking temperatures when thetechnology exists to eliminate that exposure and still collecthighly accurate temperature readings,” Leipold noted.
With the help of Faith Technologies, Excellerate Manufacturing procured and installed thermal imaging bodyscanners at its Olathe, Kansas, and Appleton and Neenah,Wisconsin locations. ;e technology is extremely accurateand can be easily integrated into the company’s existing systems. ;e temperature scanning process is easy for thosewalking in the door; all they must do is pass through thescanning area and results are provided in less than a second.
HOW IT WORKS
• An individual walks through the scanner, which readsthat individual’s body temperature.
• ;e scanner sends results to an app in less than one second and instantly noti;es the company moderator and/orthat person if they have an elevated body temperature.
• ;e company determines the next steps to take if the per-
son has an elevated body temperature, which may include a
short cool-down period and retesting. Upon continued or
con;rmed elevated temperature, the Individual would be
directed to the next steps, which may include self-quaran-
tining for a determined number of days or until they are
tested for COVID- 19.
“Having the ability to know if you have a fever beforeever entering a plant ;oor can not only help individualsmonitor their own health but can also prevent a diseaseoutbreak at a facility,” Leipold said.
;e thermal imaging body scanner can scan up to 16people at one time, so it does not create a bottleneck ofpeople trying to enter the building. Additional technologyis available that detects whether or not someone is wearing a mask, which may be helpful as schools, colleges, anduniversities look to reopen in the fall.
ACCURACY OF TECHNOLOGY
;e thermal imaging technology was thoroughly researched by the team at Faith Technologies, and the systems they install are capable of temperature accuracy towithin a half degree. Even at a large event when groups ofpeople are coming through a single entrance, the systemcan determine speci;cally which person was ;agged andbe able to react.
;is thermal imaging technology can be integratedwith nearly any existing technology system, usually in lessthan two weeks from ordering. Additional options canalso be integrated, such as having the system connect todoor locks or an alert sound.
Taking steps now to make sure your team is as safe aspossible and your plant can continue operation is goodfor your employees’ health, for your bottom line, and forthe supply chain. ;anks to technology, it is possible nowmore than ever to continue working safely despite a globalpandemic.