Durst, a manufacturer of digital printing and production technologies, has adapted its demo center in Brixen, Northern Italy to produce masks, for its employees and other companies in the region, to help with fighting the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
‘At the beginning of April, our printing technologies for the label and packaging industry were classified as essential and we were able to go back into partial operation,’ said Christoph Gamper, CEO and co-owner of Durst Group. ‘Now we will also use our textile printing and processing systems, which are located in the demo center for customer demonstrations, for the production of community masks.
‘In line with our "pixel-to-output" strategy, production takes place digitally and fully automatically: in a web shop with a specially programmed editor, the masks can be individualized with graphics, images, texts, and our workflow software then sends the designed file directly to the printing machine and then the printed material is processed by a cutting system. The announcement of our initiative on social media alone has generated great demand and print service providers worldwide are adapting our concept and thus Durst technology for their productions.’
Masks produced by Durst have a filter membrane that has a high filtration efficiency and at the same time is characterized by very good air permeability. Each of them features a three-layer structure and polyester fleece textile materials that are comfortable to wear and fully washable. The filter membrane can be disinfected with alcohol and reused.
The filter membrane selected by Durst was subjected to a detailed effectiveness test at its laboratories and the company will also have the measured values verified by an independent institute. However, Durst explicitly points out that the masks are not a protective equipment in accordance with VO (E) 2016/425 or a medical device in accordance with Directive 93/42/EEC.
The community masks can be obtained from end customers in South Tyrol via the company Kunst & Dünger Solutions (http://www.maskenmacherei.online) - personalized and up to a print run of 300 pieces. For larger quantities or inquiries about pixel-to-output software and hardware solutions for production, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.