Tektite Industries, Incorporated, headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey, USA was founded by current ownership in 1990. Tektite produces a range of goods that features over 200 American-made brand lights and strobes for scuba divers. Tektite has now transformed it’s manufacturing process to make face shields and masks, also known as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). to assist in the protection of COVID19.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is clothing , helmets, goggles, or other clothing or equipment designed to protect the body of the wearer from injury or infection. The hazards that protective equipment addresses include physical , electrical, heat, chemicals, biohazards and matter present in the air.
Early PPE, like body armour, boots, and gloves focused on protecting the body of the wearer from physical injury. The plague doctors of 16th-century Europe also wore protective uniforms consisting of a full-length gown, helmet, glass eye coverings, gloves and boots (“Plague doctor’s costume”) to prevent contagion when dealing with plague victims.
Using the specifications provided by Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Tektite is now producing polycarbonate Reusable Face Shields and also producing polypropylene Disposable Face Shields. Additionally, Tektite now manufactures Face Masks filter fabric made of soft non-woven material with low respiratory resistance. Their new face masks have an advanced filtration of the particles.
Tektite is also working closely with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s National Institute of Standards (NIST) and the NJMEP in their ongoing efforts to provide test supplies for engineered test kit test tubes in response to rises in COVID19 testing.
As an important defence supplier and manufacturer located in New Jersey, Tektite has remained open during the COVID19. They are also still manufacturing their own goods.