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By November 23, 2020November 30th, 2020Company News

The Horners’ Covid-19 Outstanding Achievement Award

The Horners, in conjunction with the BPF, launched a new award in recognition of outstanding achievement by companies or organisations in reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The first recipients of the award were Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood, and Summit Systems.

Merchant Taylors’ School

Just as news of the lockdown was published, the 3D printing community responded. and a design for a 3D printed visor frame became available as an open-source product. There were stories of a few people printing visors in their homes to support the NHS. At Merchant Taylors’ School they had ten 3D printers and so decided that they could make a good contribution to the cause. A design soon emerged to stack 4xframes in one print and within a few days of starting they were producing 80 frames per day.  Within two weeks a new version became available for a laser-cut alternative to the 3D print visor. This was made from polypropylene and could be produced much quicker.  Following a BBC report on their work, the CEO of Amtico got in touch and offered to supply some of the sheet plastics free of charge. Further discussions led to design changes that increased production.

At the meeting at Watford General Hospital the IC doctor liked the product so much that he ordered 1,000 visors for delivery asap. As the school increased production, meeting local demand, they were in a position to help other schools and communities to do the same. They supplied three local schools with kit which they could assemble and distribute in their local communities. They went on to work with Amtico and DATA (Design & Technology Association) to identify, set-up and supply five other schools (Westbourne, Shirelands, Sandbach, Dauntsey’s and Dwr Y Felin (South Wales) to produce high volume visors for their communities and flat pack products to other schools local to them.

All together Merchant Taylors’ produced 21,000 face shields including kits provided to other local schools.  They managed to supply hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes, pharmacists, opticians, nurseries among other businesses.  Andrew Duffey, Head of Design, Engineering & Technology at Merchant Taylors’ School was particularly commended for leading this work.

Mike Birrell, Upper Warden, presented the Award to Andrew Duffy, Head of Design, Engineering & Technology, Simon Everson, Head Master, and Cian, a student.

Summit Systems

David a Williams, Chairman of the Horners Awards Committee making a “socially distanced” presentation of  the Horners Covid 19 Outstanding Achievement Award 2020 to Mike Jordan, MD of Summit Systems for their innovative “Defence Shield”.

Summit Systems developed a unique product to enable people to get back to work safely during the COVID-19 period. The solution allowed for a rapid return to work for all staff, as safely as possible.

It offered essential protection for offices, receptions, restaurant, schools and universities.
The lightweight and versatile product is manufactured in the UK and is quick and easy to install onto any desk without tools.

The unique magnet click system allows rapid deployment and can be configured to suit any workspace environment. It offers increased levels of safety and reduces anxiety by introducing a physical barrier in between you and others preventing the spread of germs.