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The challenges

The experiences with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have made it clear that the availability of personal protective equipment such as FFP2 masks in sufficient quantity is of paramount importance for the effectiveness of countermeasures. Face masks are now prescribed or at least strongly recommended to the general population by many national and local governments. The goal is to hamper the spread of the virus while allowing a higher personal mobility for the people in their everyday lives.

In order to be able to meet the resulting enormous increase in the demand for face masks on short notice at times when one cannot rely on overseas imports, high-capacity production machines are required that can be operated economically in the region.

The solution

Demcon industrial systems is developing and building a high-capacity production machine for face masks. The machine has a modular design to facilitate the adaptation to custom products. Starting with the raw material, which is supplied on rolls with the correct width, it produces in several steps the folded face masks with elastic head straps. Product marking, quality inspection, and custom packaging solutions can be added as options.

As they develop and build the machines in-house, they can therefore easily customize, adapt and re-engineer the machine according to the client’s specific requirements:

  • other mask designs: FFP1, FFP2, FFP3 different number of layers, different materials, different mask geometries
  • additional process steps: packaging, individual marking, automated quality control with machine vision
  • integration in the existing production: interfacing with pre- and post-processing lines

Technical characteristics

Specification Quantity
Installation footprint 9 m  x 1.5 m x 2 m
Output 200,000 to 400,000 masks per week, depending on production schedule.
Material Non-woven fabric, Meltblown Non-woven
Mask types Designed for FPP2 masks, other masks can be made available on request.
Layer quantity 1 to 4 (standard), 5 or 6 (optional)
Power 14.5 kW
Power supply 400V / 50Hz
Air supply Instrument air
Controls Graphical user interface with remote maintenance capabilities

For more information about this project, please contact us via industrial@demcon.com or download this flyer which includes the technical characteristics.

Face mask production machine overzicht

Main characteristics

  • Unique machine that fully automatic produces face masks
  • Possibility the produce different designs
  • Development and realization aimed to realize in three months
  • High performance production with low cycle times
  • Modular design offers flexible adaption to customer requirements

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