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High-speed line makes 1 million low cost masks per day

The new converting line has a speed of up to 150 m/min (492 ft/min) and is able to produce up to 1 million high quality face masks per day

5th June 2020

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Neuwied, Germany

Medical/Hygiene, Protective

Reacting to the worldwide shortage and peak demand for high quality lower cost face masks, the W+D/BICMA hygiene group of Winkler+Dünnebier has developed a fully automatic, high-speed face mask converting line for the production of high-quality disposable face masks, designated Auxilium FM.

The new converting line has a speed of up to 150 m/min (492 ft/min) and is able to produce up to 1 million high quality face masks per day making it one of the fastest mask production machines in the world, the company claims.

Adding to the manufacturing throughput efficiency of up to 800 face masks per minute is also a unique product concept, reducing the cost per piece by using for the ear loops standard materials which are common in the hygiene industry.

The machine comes with CE marking and is suitable for Industry 4.0 applications. It can be equipped with various options such as fully automatic stacking, camera system for inline quality control, inline flexoprinting and more.

The Auxilium FM mask line laminates and converts three or more layers of appropriate nonwoven materials (spunbond, meltblown, thermobonded or others). By converting suitable raw materials, producers may apply for EN 14683 I, II or IIR certification for masks they made on the machine. It combines W+D/Bicma’s proven technology in highspeed nonwovens processing with newly designed features like nose clip and ear loop application.

Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH (W+D) offers a wide range of highly efficient, integrated system solutions for the mail and postal industry, as well as for the tissue and hygiene industry. With more than 100 years of industry-shaping innovations, W+D has core competence in the converting and processing of thin and in-homogeneous materials—such as paper, tissue and nonwovens—at high speeds and tight tolerances. With innovative and tailor-made system solutions and services, W+D focuses on the entire internal value chain for its customers. Part of the Barry-Wehmiller family, W+D has production and distribution sites

in Germany, the Netherlands, Malaysia and the United States, with sales and service support around the world.

Founded in 1995, BICMA has established itself as an internationally recognized mechanical engineering company in the hygiene industry. The company develops and builds machines for the production of feminine hygiene products, baby and adult diapers, incontinence pads, pet and bed pads as well as food suction pads and face masks. BICMA was acquired by Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH (W+D) in 2018. Both companies belong to the American Barry-Wehmiller Group, one of the world’s leading suppliers of production technologies and solutions.

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