"The Covid 19 pandemic is a global crisis in every respect, but there are also rays of hope. While you could easily feel overwhelmed by all the bad news in the media, it's important to focus on the good news: People are moving closer together, even if they cannot see each other personally due to the pandemic - and the electronic components industry is no exception," summarizes Hermann Reiter, Director Global Strategic Business Development & Supplier Management at Digi-Key Electronics.
At Digi-Key, however, the work - in other words, the shipping of electronic components - continues unabated. Actually, Digi-Key helps its customers to bring new technologies and applications to market quickly. "But these times are also about protecting employees and customers and contributing to the intensified fight against Covid-19," says Reiter.
Disinfection with UV light
This is not only due to the usual strict occupational safety measures, but also to a particularly creative in-house development: a tunnel that uses UV light to disinfect the passing crates.
"It quickly became clear that the 8000 plus crates that pass through Digi-Key's receiving, picking and packing departments every day could pose a risk to the health of the employees. These crates are touched very often and there is no reliable way to know who touched them last," Reiter says.
Digi-Key's protection against infection is not only ensured by the strict occupational safety measures in place, but also by a particularly creative in-house development: a tunnel that uses UV light to disinfect the passing crates.