Complete Guide to Raw Material Specifications for Face Mask Production

Complete Guide to Raw Material Specifications for Face Mask Production

Now more than ever, medical masks are being used every day for more than first responders. Those on the front lines need them during every moment at work. A quick trip to the grocery store or to the doctor requires a facial covering to prevent the spread of germs.
The market for medical face masks is expected to rise through 2026. 
More manufacturers are stepping up to make more product to make ends meet. The companies making these masks need to use the best raw materials out there for making masks.
Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about raw materials used for face mask production.

Types of Raw Material Used in Protective Face Masks

It can be tough to figure out how to manufacture a face mask with the right materials to provide high-quality protection and comfort. Using the right elements in face mask production will make a world of difference in the level of protection that they will provide.
The materials that manufacturers use does matter in methods of protection being highly effective. A large supplier of our mask fabrics is Lydall, who produces high quality protective, filtration, and comfort layers for face masks. The quality of their industrial filtration materials outweighs those of their competitors making them our ideal supplier.
RDI Medical can help you specify the right materials for face mask production that have the proper filtration needed to make them effective.
The polypropylene materials rated better than others in testing. The layers of fine fibers that make up the material are better at blocking airborne particles from entering and exiting the respiratory system.
Unlike the abundance of medical masks that don’t meet the standards set by the government, they are materials used to make our masks that do actually work.
Nonwoven Medical Fabric for Face Mask Production

Outer & Inner Layer

In disposable face masks, medical masks, and KN95/N95 masks, you will find that the nonwoven spunbond polypropylene materials are ideal for the outer and inner layers of the mask.
The nonwoven spunbond polypropylene is a breathable material. This allows for splash resistance on the outer layer. It is useful as the inner layer because it is absorbent and whisks moisture away from the face.

Middle Layer

The middle layer between the two pieces of nonwoven spunbond polypropylene is made of a nonwoven meltblown fabric. 
The meltblown fabric in mask production acts as the filtration mechanism between the layers of nonwoven spun-bonded polypropylene that helps to prevent the spread of germs.
In addition to that, you will find that it supplies shielding, oil absorption, and heat insulation. It is ideal for filtering air and liquid particles making it a good raw material to incorporate into mask making. 
Masks without a filtration system cannot help to protect the mask wearer from the potential risk of infection. In some versions of the medical mask on the market, you may find that they incorporate a double-layered meltblown fabric for more support and protection.
This is seen in the KN95 that has a 5-ply make-up where more protection is necessary.
Elastic Ear Loop Material for Face Mask Production

Ear Loop & Nose Bridge

We understand that all of these face masks are the same size while everyone has a different face and/or head shape, so some features help to adjust it to a customized fit via the elastic ear loop and the wire nose bridge.
The elastic ear loop is made out of nylon and spandex material. It is a little roped strand that has enough give to make it a one-size-fits-all face mask. The nose wire bridge helps to create an adjustable fit by clamping around the nose as needed to hold it in place.

Face Mask Production

When it comes to face mask production, no expenses should be spared. These products are tested repeatedly to make sure they are using the best materials in mask production. 
The safety of others is at stake when mask wearers are not using masks that contain the right products. We can help you to make sure that you are using the proper materials in the creation of your masks.
You can purchase the best raw materials for mask production when you buy from RDI Medical. Feel free to contact RDI Medical today to learn more about each of our products and services. 

RDI Medical Mask Production Machine

Purchasing an RDI medical mask production machine is ideal for manufacturers trying to increase their productivity when it comes to getting more masks out.
Our fully automated machine allows for the production of up to 200 masks each minute. These masks have three layers with an elastic ear loop and adjustable wire noseband.
You will find that our equipment is created in the United States with American made parts. These quality machines allow us to help manufacturers create the best medical masks for those working to reduce the spread of germs.
Masks rated by ASTM focus on the degree of bacterial filtration, particle filtration, and fluid resistance. Tests for Particle Filtration Efficiency and Bacteria Filtration Efficiency are performed on materials.
There are also tests for differential pressure, braking force, and synthetic blood penetration tests to make sure the masks are effective. At the top, you will find that a mask formulated for ASTM Level 3 is for those with a high risk of fluid exposure.
This means that they are ideal in settings where surgeons and doctors are more likely to be exposed to germs and/or contaminated bodily fluids. Level two, also considered medical protects are a moderate risk of fluid exposure while level one is for a lower risk of exposure.