Members of the German Textile Machinery Association (VDMA), Frankfurt/Germany, in a short time have reacted to the new market requirements and developed new technologies for knitted, warp knitted and woven respiratory masks that can be produced without the need for sewing: For surgical masks, FFP2 respirators and social distancing masks, a wide variety of other materials and combinations of materials are used, for example nonwovens, woven fabrics, knitted or warp knitted fabrics and laminates. Several association members provide technologies for the production of elastic bands that are required to wear the masks.
Material for masks can be treated with textile chemicals to make them antiviral and antibacterial. For this purpose, the VDMA member companies offer application systems which apply the corresponding chemicals to the webs. Moreover, software systems with which each mask can be traced through the entire production process are offered.
VDMA members also offer solutions for the assembly of respiratory masks, which enable respirators to be produced that meet the relevant standards and the quality requirements.
Also, for surgical gowns and wipes, VDMA members manufacture tailor-made machines for production through to packaging. The quality of the products is ensured by means of measurement and control technology.
In the wake of the corona crisis, the VDMA has launched a new series of web events called “Textile Machinery Webtalk”.