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Aba firm creates “queuing mats” to fight COVID-19

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Yolamchi Ukaga, Aba

In order to enhance the implementation of physical distancing, which is an important measure in the fight against COVID-19, Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC) an Aba-based manufacturing innovative technology firm, has created “queuing mats” for banks, shopping malls, hospitals, government agencies, parks and other public places.

The mats would ensure proper spacing of people in public places, thereby reducing contacts and spread of coronavirus in Nigeria.

This is as the company announced partnership with Autodesk, the global producer of engineering software (including AutoCAD, Inventor, Fusion360, among others) and GEMINI CAD Systems, a global top producer of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) Software for the fashion industry.

This is one of the global partnerships that we are building to enable us bridge the engineering skills gap in Nigeria, Tochukwu Chukwueke, an electronic engineer and founder of Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC) and Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC), said.

He explained that the partnerships would help prepare local engineers to meet the demand for indigenous products development and manufacturing.

He observed that COVID-19 was changing the world, as most countries had banned exports, noting that Nigeria could be in serious trouble, if the country could not import goods that it needs.

To help address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Chukwueke stated that CIC had set up a special engineering team to identify essential medical equipment required, by hospitals, re-design them for easy, affordable and scalable production in Nigeria.

This is as they also plan to build prototypes, design and fabricate moulds for mass production of the identified machines.

“We are willing to collaborate with companies to mass produce these equipment, as well as make the designs, prototypes and moulds available to the public for easy replication

“In addition, we are also making available our digital fabrication lab, including: 3D printers, CNC machines, Arduino micro-controller boards, and other machines, to any inventor, designer or engineer within Nigeria working to fight Coronavirus.

Lack of modern equipment and spare parts to maintain available ones have stifled manufacturing in Aba and Nigeria for a long time now.

Recall that the firm has acquired computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) equipment for digital fabrication.

The computer aided design (CAD), is a computer software that designs and creates different products, while computer aided manufacturing (CAM) is the use of computer software to control and automate factory machines.

Chukwueke, explained that his firm had succeeded in procuring a computer numeric machine (CNC) to help manufacturers to have seamless production.

According to him, “it is precise, because it is computer controlled. There is no human error. It is absolutely accurate. So, this is the technology that is in use by manufacturers in advanced countries, like Germany, United States, China, among others.

“The good news is that we have brought that technology here. And we are going to be doing it here to make it cheaper for them. It is also faster and we will provide after sales service support, which they don’t have at the moment”.

He explained that the machines, which were acquired in November, 2019, from the United States of America were of the highest quality in that category.

With its partnership with GEMINI CAD Systems, CIC is now the Authorised Training Partner in Nigeria and will train experts to disrupt and modernize the Nigerian Fashion Industry.

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