COVID-19 restrictions are no barrier for Dunlee design engineer Niels Kuppens' determination to do what is best for his family and customers

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in ways we never would have imagined just four short months ago. While healthcare providers and others on the front lines have been called to make great sacrifices, we are all called to make small sacrifices. We at Dunlee have seen many examples of our colleagues and partners dealing with the changing times with forbearance and resilience.

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One example is that of Niels Kuppens, a Dunlee design engineer who normally works in Best, the Netherlands, designing anti-scatter grids. He is responsible for the entire project chain of prototyping, from modeling through delivery. His work requires a lot of interaction with many other employees, so despite working from home due to COVID-19 restrictions, he still travels to the factory at least once each week.

This may not sound difficult, but Niels lives in Belgium. What was once a simple commute now includes stopping at the barriers that mark the Belgium/Netherlands border and presenting papers to the police so he can continue to the factory. The travel restrictions are even more difficult in his personal life; his wife, Anja's, parents live in the Netherlands, and travel restrictions prevent them from visiting Niels, Anja and their six-month old daughter, Gigi, in Belgium. So the family treks to the border and stands where Anja's parents can look across and see as their granddaughter and her proud parents.

The Kuppens are making the best of it—which is all any of us can do. We know your lives have also been disrupted, and that you are probably bearing many inconveniences, large and small, with forbearance and good humor. As we at Dunlee do our part to support healthcare providers, we'd like to thank every one of you – whether employee, partner, or end user – for all the small sacrifices that make our world healthier and brighter. Soon, Gigi's grandparents will be able to hold her. And that will be because we all held the world together.

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