KARL MAYER enables the automated
production of textile face masks in Germany
In many places, face masks are now an
essential item on the agenda of the compulsory programme
relating to the exit from the corona lockdown. These masks are
required in large quantities, but they are scarce goods. In view
of the massive shortage of masks, the textile machinery
manufacturer KARL MAYER reacted quickly, and together with
partners for production and testing, set up a highly efficient
production in Germany for Germany in record time. One machine
made by KARL MAYER enables the production of roughly a quarter
of a million masks per month.
This innovative company based in
Obertshausen initially developed face masks that can be made on
KARL MAYER machines in high numbers and a one-step production
cycle. In other words: the masks are produced entirely without
the need of any sewing work. Two models are available for the
Type 1 is produced at short
notice and is suitable for everyday life. Due to their 3D shape,
these masks have a tight fit and good wearing properties. They
offer a convenient air exchange, a soft skin feeling, and
prevent friction points on the ears, even after long-term use.
The masks can be reused after their utilization. Simply wash and
dry them, and the next application can start immediately.
Type 2 provides all the
advantages of type 1, but it can be equipped with a replaceable
nonwoven lining via a pocket. This increases the filtration
capacity, at the same time ensuring minimum waste after use.
Regarding the filtering effect, the certification process is
currently underway for a medical standard for both mask types.
To ensure a fast use of the face masks in
Germany, KARL MAYER equipped its customer zwissTEX with the
required machine technology and the instructions for the
production of the masks.
Once the installed KARL MAYER machine is
running at full speed, it is possible to produce up to 400 masks
per hour or 240,000 pieces per month.
Oliver Mathews, Sales Director of the Warp
Knitting Business Unit at KARL MAYER explains, “At the same
time, KARL MAYER is working on reducing the production time for
additional machines, so that capacity can be increased as
quickly as possible. By mid-May we can achieve a production of
up to half a million masks per month. We are pleased that we can
contribute to more safety for people with our know-how and our
machines. Further developments, such as mask sizes for children,
are in preparation.“