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Mikron Berlin responds to CV-19 pandemic with mobile system for onsite production of protection masks
Berlin, Germany: – The Berlin subsidiary of Swiss-based medical assembly process specialist Mikron Automation is taking part in an innovative non-profit project to realize mobile automation equipment for the production of protection masks in response to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The compact mobile mask production stations are designed to be set up at hospitals and other healthcare facilities to allow them to produce their own masks on site.
CV-19 protection mask challenge
Protection masks play an important role in combating the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, particularly in ensuring that those infected do not pass on the virus. The result has been a global shortage of masks.
Mikron Berlin GmbH has responded to the challenge by participating in a pioneering non-profit project to produce protection masks. Within a very short space of time, Mikron specialists in Berlin, together with project partners, have developed a suitable system that can produce 50 masks per minute.
Carola mini factory project
At the core of the solution is an assembly system that is so small and mobile that it can easily be shipped worldwide to recipients, including hospitals, other health care facilities, community and civic centers, to set up their own protection mask ‘mini factories’ in as little as three weeks from order.
The base of this initiative is the non-profit project Carola – an idea driven by volunteers from a variety of disciplines (physics, engineering, economics, etc). The open source approach gives engineers all over the world access to the know-how needed to produce such systems and has invited them to work together to further develop and advance the technology.
About Mikron Automation
Mikron Automation – a division of the Mikron Group – is the leading partner for scalable and customized assembly systems – from the first idea to the highest performance solutions. Mikron’s expertise and proven track record guarantee the most productive solution to assemble customer products at each stage of their lifecycle.
To date, Mikron Automation has installed more than 3,700 assembly and testing systems worldwide. Its international customers operate in the following markets: pharmaceutical, medtech, automotive, electrical/electronics, consumer goods and construction/building. Mikron Automation currently employs over 700 people and is headquartered in Boudry (Neuchâtel), a region that is regarded as the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry. It also has sites in Berlin (Germany), Denver (USA), Singapore and Shanghai (China).
Assembly machine for protection masks ready for production test
Station for folding the tissue layers of protective masks
Station for welding the ear loops of protective masks