How a dental laboratory is stepping up in the fight against COVID-19

CLEVELAND, OH, April 14, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — ROE Dental Laboratory has refocused its significant 3D manufacturing capability and employee expertise to the production of essential medical supplies:
• Nasopharyngeal (NP) COVID-19 Testing Swabs – necessary for COVID-19 sample collection
• Facial personal protective equipment (PPE) – essential for personal protection for those on the front line in this viral pandemic

NP Testing Swabs
In a partnership with Formlabs, USF Health, Tampa General Hospital, and Norwell Health, ROE Laboratories, an FDA-registered facility, has been granted a production license for 3D printed NP test swabs. NP swabs are flexible sticks with a bristled end that are inserted into the nostril to the back of the nasal cavity and swept around to collect material that sticks to or wicks up the bristles. The current product capacity is over 21,000 test swabs per day. The swabs are being printed from biocompatible, autoclavable, and FDA cleared surgical guide resin, a material ROE is very familiar with in their typical day-to-day operations. For additional information visit – www.roedentallab.com/NPswabs

Facial PPE
ROE has created two options: 3D printed headgear with a replaceable face shield and disposable headgear/face shield option. ROE has the capacity to provide over 1,000 shields per day. Since the decision to changeover production capability to providing PPE, ROE has fabricated and shipped over 10,000 headgear/face shields around the U.S. For videos and more information visit – www.roedentallab.com/PPE

“All of us at ROE Dental Laboratory are about delivering precisely crafted products in a short time frame. When we learned there was a need for NP Testing Swabs and PPE equipment in the fight against COVID-19, we realized that not only did we have the technology and skill to fabricate these but it fit perfectly into our core competencies as an organization,” stated BJ Kowalski, President of ROE Dental Laboratory. He continued, “We have re-organized our resources to allow the production of over 150,000 testing swabs and almost 10,000 face shields per week. We want to help the cause and get everyone safely back to work.”

Armed with over 40 3D printers from Formlabs, Carbon, Stratasys, and Kulzer, ROE is ready to do their part in the ongoing battle with COVID-19 and to help return its outstanding technical team back to work! Contact BJ Kowalski or Chris Moore for additional information – 800 228 6663.

ROE Dental Laboratory is a full-service modern laboratory who has partnered with the dental community since 1926. We integrate innovative technology and manufacturing processes with the most up-to-date dental science to develop dental products that exceed the expectations of dentists nationwide. With a dedicated service team, we aim to provide our customers a level of personal attention they do not experience elsewhere. ROE Dental Laboratory has three locations with its headquarters located in Independence, Ohio. Learn more about ROE Dental Laboratory at www.roedentallab.com


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