Wrapping Solutions specializes in producing interior fittings for cars — but has transitioned to sewing 24,000 masks per day at 20 workplaces since March 23. Over the long term, the company plans to expand to 40 sewing workstations through a two-shift operation. “According to estimates, around 14 million protective masks are needed in Germany every day,” managing director Wolfgang Schaller said in a news release.
Optima is helping Wrapping Solutions optimize the work processes. “We have built a device for folding face masks and successfully put it into operation at Wrapping Solutions on March 31,” said Werner Volk, who is responsible for new applications at Optima Life Science. Workers previously folded the masks manually, creating a production bottleneck. Now, the machine-made fabric blanks are folded in the station and ultrasonically welded on both sides. The last work step involves sewing loops to the masks.