How are face masks made?
Bijgewerkt op: 6 apr.
Due to the spread of COVID-19, the demand for mouth caps has increased massively, especially the type IIR face masks. We have been making FFP2 and type IIR masks with our own machines in Maasland for six months. An average of 150,000 units per week are produced at a rapid pace.
Face masks from Dutch soil
From June 2020, the machines have started producing mouth masks. These are mainly supplied to hospitals and doctors' practices, but the demand from abroad is also starting to increase. The mouth caps are very unique because they are made of European material. This guarantees the quality and reliability of every medical mask. In addition, the products are extensively tested and are CE certified.
Due to the tightening of the rules of life due to the Coronavirus, there is also more demand for quality masks from consumers. This question can easily be accommodated because at least 80 medical face masks are made every minute. The aim is to scale up production from two to three machines in order to be able to produce one million mouth masks per month for both the professional and the consumer market.
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 rapid pace.
Meltblown polypropylene is the filter of the mask that ensures that no bacteria, drips and moisture get through. This is merged between the blue and white spunbond. Spunbond is a fine fabric that feels soft on the face. Finally, the nose wire ensures that the mouth mask can be shaped as desired.
After the fabrics have been compressed, the elastics are placed. This is done by means of electricity and a very high pressure. As a result, the mask is made without the use of additional substances or chemicals. Finally, the mouth caps come over a band where they are irradiated with UV. This light ensures that the mask is made sterile.
At the end of this process, the masks are folded in half and placed in a bag. The bag is again irradiated with UV, so that the bag is delivered to the customer completely sterile.