DELIVERING FULL AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS FOR FACE MASK MANUFACTURING MACHINERY
COVID-19 has caused surging demand for face masks. Inovance‒a$1bn+ global industrial automation company‒has a team of engineers with significant know how about automated facemask manufacturing machinery.
A face mask machinery OEM had a problem with their machine design: the sealing edge and the ear strap were fluctuating up to 3 mm out of position during the manufacturing process. Inovance’s team of engineers with face mask machine experience was called in to help.
Inovance deployed an EtherCAT motion controller with CAM functionality, along with high performance Inovance servo drives and motors, and an HMI.
The example system shown below was created for an OEM customer in Asia.
The Inovance solution offered radical improvements
- Three millisecond scanning periods
- Automatic deviation correction at the folding station
- Sealing edge positioning accuracy improved from ± 3 mm to ± 0.5 mm
- Stable operational speed for moving fabric smoothly increased from 105 mm/s to 130 mm/s