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COVID-19 Innovations Center

Innovating in the battle against COVID-19

Our global team of engineers sat down with a challenge: How can we make a difference in the fight against the deadly COVID-19 virus? Here are a few of the ideas that made it into production so far. You’ll find details and open-source files to download below.

Computer workstation divider, screen, Mannheim desk innovation

Divider screen for computer workstations

As employees head back to their office jobs, a team at our Mannheim factory designed a practical screen to separate computer operator stations. Options, instructions, and design files are available here.

Ear-saving mask straps for employees and healthcare workers

Ear-saving mask straps

Deere engineer adjusts open-source design to manufacture face-mask straps. The straps help relieve the behind-the-ear irritation caused by wearing a protective mask for extended periods of time.

PVC covers for cart handles

Homemade PVC covers for hand carts

To help combat the COVID-19 spread, Deere manufacturing engineer developed a simple solution to prevent employees in the factory from grabbing the cart handles during the assembly process.

Andrew Jarvie with a 3D printed door opener

Opportunity knocked: One idea for a “no-touch” door opener, two executions

The small tool allows the user to “grasp” a door handle with an angled hook, without touching the handle. Originally designed for 3D-print manufacturing, it was later adapted for laser-cut manufacturing. Both versions are already being deployed at Deere facilities. Opener can clip on an employee-badge holder or a standard keyring.

Employee sitting next to 3D printer

Using 3D-printed technology to protect employees

The first issue tackled: Help protect our manufacturing employees.

This simple idea has already been tested, refined, and put into production using the existing investment that Deere already had in additive manufacturing (3D printing). The idea is to manufacture clips that will affix a protective face shield to a standard ballcap, the kind of ballcap that many of our factories use with a bump-cap insert as part of an employee’s PPE.

3D-printed parts laid out on table with hat that has face mask attached by clips

John Deere 3D-printed face-shield clips design* (for non-medical application)

These 3D-printed clips can be affixed to a standard, protective ballcap and used to hold a protective face shield in place.

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*Terms of Download and Use

Deere & Company is publishing these part files, drawings, and other supporting documentation (the “Designs”) to the community as a free service in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and subject to the following conditions:

WARNING AND DISCLAIMER:

DEERE IS MAKING EACH OF THESE DESIGNS AVAILABLE “AS IS” AND FOR USE AT YOUR OWN RISK, AND WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATIONS, GUARANTEES, OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND SPECIFICALLY WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY WARRANTIES OF NON-INFRINGEMENT OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SPECIFICALLY, THESE DESIGNS ARE PROVIDED WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATION THAT THE DESIGNS OR ITEMS DESCRIBED THEREIN ARE, HAVE BEEN EVALUATED, OR ARE APPROVED UNDER ANY FEDERAL OR STATE REGULATION FOR THE TREATMENT, PROTECTION FROM, OR PREVENTION OF ANY SPECIFIC HEALTH PROBLEMS, DISEASES, OR INFECTIONS, INCLUDING COVID-19. USERS OF DESIGNS AND ITEMS DESCRIBED THEREIN ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING THE APPROPRIATE CIRCUMSTANCES, IF ANY, FOR THEIR USE OR FOR PROVIDING THEM TO OTHERS FOR USE. IN NO EVENT SHALL DEERE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THE DESIGNS, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. YOU SHALL HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY DEERE AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS BROUGHT AGAINST DEERE ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE DESIGNS AND ITEMS DESCRIBED THEREIN.

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  • These Designs are not intended to protect from or prevent specific health problems, diseases, or infections, including respiratory diseases such as COVID-19.
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Deere & Company

April 2020

Cash register lanes with social distancing dot stickers showing safe distance spots.

Social-Distancing Dots

A simple, printed adhesive “dot” can be placed at intervals in high-density areas to remind people of the current appropriate social-distancing requirements. The building “heat map” can help inform critical places to position the social-distancing dots.

Graphic of heatmap

Building Heat Map

A heat map can help identify high density areas within a building where people are likely to gather.