How are face masks made?
Updated: Feb 1
Due to the spread of COVID-19 the demand for mouth masks has increased massively, especially the type IIR mouth masks. Since six months we produce FFP2 and type IIR masks with our own machines in Maasland. We produce an average of 150,000 pieces per week at a rapid pace.
Face masks from Holland
As of June 2020, the machines started producing mouth masks. These are mainly supplied to hospitals and doctor's offices, but the demand from abroad is also starting to increase. The mouth masks are very unique because they are made of European material. This ensures the quality and reliability of each medical mouthguard. In addition, the products are extensively tested and are CE certified.
Because of the tightening of the living rules due to the Coronavirus, there is also more demand for quality masks from consumers. This demand can be easily met because at least 80 medical mouth masks are made per minute. The goal is to scale up production from two to three machines in order to produce one million mouth masks per month for both the professional and consumer markets.
The making process of face masks
The large packages of nose wire, meltblown and spunbond are transported from Germany and Portugal to the factory in Maasland. The parts are then placed on the discs and pressed together at a high rate.
Meltblown polypropylene is the filter of the mask that keeps bacteria, droplets and moisture from getting through. It is joined between the blue and white spunbond. Spunbond is a fine fabric that feels soft on the face. Finally, the nose wire allows the mouth mask to be shaped as desired.
After the fabrics are compressed, the elastics are placed. This is done by electricity and very high pressure. As a result, the mask is made without the use of additional substances or chemicals. Finally, the mouthguards come over a band where they are irradiated with UV. This light ensures that the mouthpiece is made sterile.
After this process is completed, the masks are folded in half and placed in a pouch. The pouch is irradiated again with UV, so that the pouch is also delivered to the customer completely sterile.