Mask dedicated to the fight against pandemics, comfortable, washable, with high filtration performance and manufactured on an automatic machine – MASCOFIL
The MASCOFIL project arises from the will of several academic institutes of the Hauts-de-France (ENSAIT, HEI and Institut Catholique de Lille) to work on new technical solutions in the design and production of high quality community masks that use local and national resources in view of a new pandemic. The project, which has the ambition to be rapidly transferable to the economic field, is also built on a partnership with IFTH (industrial textile centre) and with industrial companies from the Region and beyond (Andritz, Duflot, Macopharma, TIO-NT).
In order to respond to the need of differentiating the masks produced (in terms of gender, age, application fields …), and to promote the best acceptability of the masks from the public, there will be surveys conducted among different publics and the results will be taken into account as far as possible in our mask development.
The final product that is aimed at is a protective community mask that is innovative and ambitious, efficient in terms of filtration, comfortable to wear, breathable, and washable. The filtration media will be produced using carding and spunlace technologies, i.e nonwoven processes that are alternative to those used in FFP2 and surgical masks and have the advantage of being more widely present in France and can hence be easily mobilizable in case of a pandemic. The electrospinning process will also be investigated. Furthermore, these media will have the particularity of being thermally weldable so that the masks can be produced on automatic machines and hence, ensure a very high productivity in order to respond to an urgent and important demand for masks.