Tri-county firms Teledyne and Interlink Electronics joined the list of regional suppliers of technology to respond to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Teledyne DALSA, a subsidiary of Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne’s imaging division, released a new line of long wave infrared cameras to provide contact-free skin temperature and fever detection.
“Its small form factor and architecture allows integrators to select from more than 10 lens options and a wide range of output solutions,” Teledyne Product Manager Jean Brunelle said in a news release April 14, adding that the devices have applications in industries such as welding, baking and firefighting, among others.
The move follows a spike in demand in March for similar thermal imaging products like those made by regional manufacturers Seek Thermal and FLIR.
Camarillo-based IoT supplier Interlink Electronics has also ramped up production of components used in ventilators and ultrasound machines.
The wheel-shaped sensors can be deep-cleaned and are designed to be used by operators wearing gloves, helping enable frontline workers to use personal protective equipment, or PPE, to decrease the spread of the virus, Interlink said in a news release April 14.
“As the virus spreads across the globe, it is vital for hospitals and doctors to have access to the equipment they need to save lives,” said President and CEO Steven Bronson. “The dire nature of this situation is evidenced by the conditions in the hardest-hit areas around the world, where shortages of the device have forced doctors to make life-or-death decisions about whom should receive ventilator treatment.”
The company has quadrupled production of the sensors.
“To avoid similar situations in the future, we need to make sure that everyone has access to the lifesaving devices they need, and Interlink is committed to playing its part,” Brons said.
Shares for the firm gained 10.7 percent following the announcement to $4.15, up more than 36 percent in March. Teledyne stock rose 1.8 percent for the day, putting it up more than 9 percent since the start of April.
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