28 Juli 2020

Novel antibacterial and compostable face shields go from idea to product in 14 days

Four German regional companies have joined forces to mass produce a new face shield made from 100% biodegradable and compostable material based on cellulose

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While there are a great many suppliers currently flocking to the market with 3D-printed face shields, the majority require long production times in mass production.

Now, 4 regional Sauerland companies have joined forces to mass produce a new face shield in record time. The companies, based in Lüdenscheid and Kierspe, have developed face shields for use in the medical and the private sector.

The MEDIShield standard version is made of a skin-friendly PP special material with antibacterial properties and is particularly suitable for doctors and nursing staff in hospitals, medical practices and old people’s homes.

The companies have also developed the GREENShield, a model that takes into account today’s sustainability ambitions, and consumer demand for resource and environmentally conscious products. This version of the holder of the protective visor is made of 100% biodegradable and compostable material based on cellulose.

Both versions of the protective visor are supplied with a flexibly adjustable rubber band.

Designed for particularly long wearing times and maximum freedom of movement, they offer great comfort for the user. The enclosed instructions for use also serve as a template for the production of replacements.

The moulds and standard parts were supplied by Strack Norma, while Lüdenscheid-based Werkzeugbau WiKa Erodiertechnik GmbH produced the high-precision tool for the face shields in the shortest possible time, with support from Deggendorf University of Technology.

Production occurs at the PPK a Kierspe-headquartered manufacturer of plastic and medical products.

Medical technology company UTK Solution is the fourth partner in the project, and will support the sale of the face shields.

The close cooperation between the partners meant that the project could be completed in just 14 days, proving just how powerful collaboration can be.

Source: Bioplastics MAGAZINE, 2020-07-07.

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