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Lab scale melt spinning system for medical face mask applications

Massive worldwide demand for medical grade masks has stretched manufacturing capacity which relies heavily on the specialist meltblown process for nonwovens

12th May 2020

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Leeds, UK

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© Fibre Extrusion Technology.© Fibre Extrusion Technology.

Fibre Extrusion Technology (FET) Limited of Leeds, United Kingdom reports that it has received unprecedented enquiries for its Non-Woven Melt Spinning System since the onset of the Coronavirus crisis. Massive worldwide demand for medical grade masks has stretched manufacturing capacity which relies heavily on the specialist meltblown process for nonwovens.

FET’s Melt Spinning system is a tried and tested pilot and laboratory scale format for nonwovens production. Trials are currently being concluded and samples produced of polypropylene melt blown nonwoven materials suitable for applications in FFP2 and FFP3 medical masks.

“Although the FET system is primarily designed for R & D and pilot scale applications, trials are proving it to be suitable for low volume production of the face mask central filter materials,” the company said today in a press statement.

© Fibre Extrusion Technology.© Fibre Extrusion Technology.

“This system is ideal for continued development of nonwoven materials for this application and offers a bespoke solution for small scale production. Indeed, some existing FET customers have already switched their FET Melt Blown Spinning Systems to producing nonwoven materials for such applications.”

“Manufacturing giants and niche suppliers alike across the globe are adapting their efforts to provide materials and products to combat the pandemic. FET has received numerous enquiries for its Non-Woven Melt Spinning System and is currently engaged with companies based in Germany, Italy, UK and elsewhere, running trials, preparing samples and defining specifications.”

“FET’s in-house Process Development Laboratory is an ideal and flexible R&D facility and is currently running at full capacity to meet unprecedented demand for specialist nonwoven materials as a result of the crisis.”

www.fetuk.com

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