In times of rapid change, the reconversion of many companies is even more valuable than focusing on dynamism. The coronavirus is pushing a whole induced to study and apply solutions that help shape our social future. Not just a shock economy, but also a desire to understand what new direction the planet can take.
An Italian company has adapted its fabrics, created to control crops, to many of the spaces in which we will try to reconstruct our everyday life. And the Arrigoni Spa, 160 employees, based in Como (and three factories, the main one in Putignano). Its agro-textile screens formed the basis for a new production. Today the company presented “Delimita”, a project that includes the use of special technical fabrics as separators in parks, beaches, gyms and other open and closed spaces.
It's like putting a mask on a place
The principle is not dissimilar: textile screens reduce the risk of contagion by breaking down the droplet effect, the passage of saliva or aerosol droplets that can carry the coronavirus. The impact on the rooms is different from that of the plexiglass screens, because the fabric has a different ability to circulate air. They can be installed more easily and in a more versatile way, they are washable and sanitizable.
And apparently they cost even less than other solutions. 2 euros per square meter, the company says. How many will we find around in the coming months?
How the “textile shield” works Delimits
The experimental tests conducted so far by the company have shown a drastic reduction in droplets and the consequent limitation of the infection.
"Our protection acts as an inertial filter, able to almost completely reduce the passage of vectors of bacterial and viral loads" he declares Paolo Arrigoni, president of Arrigoni Spa. “At the same time, Delimita creates a pleasant microclimate, protects against heat and wind and costs on average ten times less than plexiglass”.
A solution that appears natural, given the usual use of this type of fabrics. They were born to curb the flows of nebulized water and protect plants, and today they aim to protect humans as well.
Gianluca Riccio, born in 1975, is the creative director of an advertising agency, copywriter and journalist. He is affiliated with Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists. Since 2006 he directs Futuroprossimo.it, the Italian resource of Futurology.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.