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 Kinectrics retools to provide medical mask testing with a “Made in Ontario” focus

April 24, 2020

TORONTO, Ontario – Kinectrics Inc., a Canadian-owned and headquartered business, with a global footprint, primarily supports the electricity generation, transmission and distribution industries with engineering, testing, inspection, and certification services. With a focus on staff expertise, world-class facilities, and innovative technology, Kinectrics is working to support the needs of frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19, while maintaining critical support to the electricity industry.

Testing of medical PPE

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented surge in demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), with emphasis on surgical masks and N95 respirators. With nearly all supply chains for the production and testing of these critical supplies residing outside of Canada, there is a significant need for in-country sourcing. As the National Research Council, Health Canada, and other government agencies work to support industry in the production of material and masks, Kinectrics is adapting its leading test capabilities normally utilized for testing of HEPA filters and respiratory PPE for the nuclear industry towards medical needs. This “Made in Ontario” model will ensure a long-term stable supply of testing to the Province, and to the rest of Canada.

Kinectrics has initially focused on testing of materials with unknown origin or performance, to ensure that locally-produced or imported PPE will perform its critical function for our frontline workers.

Kinectrics has made a financial and business commitment to put into service the full suite of testing required for surgical masks in compliance with the ASTM F2100 standard, based out of our facilities in Toronto, Ontario. Kinectrics is available immediately to support organizations with testing needs, with some specific tests being commissioned rapidly over the coming days and weeks.

We look forward to expanding this capability to supply critical services to Canada and the world during these challenging times. Our staff and leadership team are proud to support our communities and industries during this time of need. For testing support, or to connect on collaboration in the fight against COVID-19, please contact us. 

Visit our medical mask and respiratory PPE testing page to learn more. ​

About Kinectrics

Kinectrics is the category leader in providing life cycle management services for the electricity industry. Trusted by clients worldwide, our expertise in engineering, testing, inspection, and certification is backed by our independent laboratory and testing facilities, a diverse fleet of field inspection equipment and an award-winning team of over 1,000 engineers and technical experts. From initial design and type testing to operational deployment and maintenance services, Kinectrics collaborates closely with customers to ensure that utility assets perform safely, reliably and efficiently throughout their entire life cycle. Learn more at www.kinectrics.com and follow us on LinkedInTwitter, and YouTube.​​​​​​