Flexible and modular machine for production of face masks in Europe. Machine for FFP2 protective masks production
It has been one year since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic and caused disruptions in supply chains while the unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment required a rapid response and production at short notice. In most European countries, government-imposed orders to wear face masks very quickly became a proven and simple way to prevent the virus spread and protect citizens.
To prepare Europe for managing pandemics, the CO-VERSATILE production line ‘Machine for FFP2 protective masks production’ is focusing on developing a high-capacity solution based on Demcon’s modular face masks machine. A group of partners, including Fraunhofer IML, HSSMI, SZTAKI and University of Westminster, will be working with Demcon to build a solution for local European masks production. Key benefits of this production line include:
Full automation of masks machine production processes - material infeed, nose clip and contour welding, print and strap application, folding, fold welding, contour cut and outfeed.
Safety of the machine operation achieved with video surveillance of production steps and the product quality.
DEMCON will leverage its expertise and collaborate with consortium partners to:
Set up a supply chain model to simulate several pandemic-like situations based on real-world experiences and run this model in the cloud as a cloudified service;
Develop manufacturing models based on real-life examples, validate several optimisation scenarios and deploy the models;
Develop a manual of operation and maintenance in 3D PDF format to be supplied alongside the machine to support employees of future adopters of this equipment.