4 Key Things to Consider When Purchasing Medical Mask Machines
Medical masks have taken on new meaning for most people in the last year. From the kids donning them at school to the stay-at-home moms selling them on their Etsy stores, masks are now a part of your everyday life.
Production-scale medical mask machines are big business around the world, too. More manufacturers are pumping out these machines every day. That makes it more important than ever to know what to look for when you’re in the market.
Here is a quick guide to mask production equipment to help you make a smart purchase.
Of course, you need to consider the quality of the components and assembly processes of the manufacturer of your mask production equipment. Better components and more strict assembly practices mean more reliable machines.
If you want to purchase a medical mask machine from a country outside the U.S., spend some time researching the manufacturing rules and regulations of that country to ensure the quality standard can meet your needs.
You should also consider the quality and material of the masks each machine can produce. Align your mask needs to the tested capacity of each machine to find the right fit.
Again, you need to consider consistency on two fronts.
First, you need to make sure that your machine manufacturer has a history of consistent production and consistent customer service. Ask each manufacturer for a list of references going back for several years and do your homework to avoid surprises.
Second, you need to make sure that your machine can produce a consistent product.
An inconsistent product can cost you in product loss, production efficiency, and increased quality control personnel. Ask to talk to past clients with older machines to see how well they hold up over time.
Different machines can provide different levels of safety measures built-in. They can also come built for retrofitting safety options at a later date. You know that manufacturing safety is paramount, so look for machines that make this easy.
Look for safety features like safety light curtains or other active safety measures that help prevent accidents.
The U.S (and other countries around the world) have their own safety standards that must be met at a bare minimum for every medical mask making machine. Other organizations have their own standards that you can use to find your machine.
Ask about compliance with these various safety standards:
CE (international standards)
IEC (international standards)