Innovation during COVID-19: Digi-Key’s ultraviolet sanitisation tunnel: Page 2 of 2

May 22, 2020 //By Ian Wallace
COVID-19
Every employee at Digi-Key is familiar with the phrase “a thousand little things done right every day.” This is a guiding principle in our company – from the warehouse to our offices throughout Europe and around the world. While this is an unprecedented time in history, the phrase still rings true for us.

We have been quick to share this potentially life-saving invention with others in the industry. In addition to sharing the design, Digi-Key president Dave Doherty is actively working with other distributors on the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) distribution council to share other ideas and best practices for helping to protect the safety of employees and customers. We’re all in this together, and by sharing innovations that will help businesses protect their employees and communities, we all gain.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a global crisis in every sense of the word, but there’s no denying there have also been some bright spots. People are coming together even when they’re forced to be apart - and the electronics components industry is no exception. We’ve all needed to adapt quickly to this continually evolving crisis, and respond by doing what we do best: innovating.

The ultraviolet sanitisation tunnel is just one of many projects our company has been involved in during this crisis; we’ve also supplied components necessary for other medical devices used on the frontlines of diagnosing and treating COVID-19 such as a first-of-its-kind, low-cost ventilator, forehead thermometers and touchless Purell sanitiser dispensers.

Like so many, our employees have embraced their status as essential workers and risen to the occasion to adapt, adjust, continue to thrive and meet customers’ needs, even in challenging circumstances. We’ve never been prouder of our employees and customers, who have pivoted to implement fast-changing safety protocols, and also helped distribute the essential products and services for fighting against COVID-19.

About the author:

Ian Wallace is Director, EMEA Business Development at Digi-Key Electronics where he leads the company’s global expansion by supporting new and existing customers and supplier partners in the region - www.digikey.com


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