In these unprecedented times, Camfil is working with Swedish health services to provide the urgently needed respiratory protection masks.
At Camfil, we’re passionate about clean air and helping people in our communities by sharing the expertise. When this assignment came to Camfil, there were no doubts about our commitment to take this forward. We are dedicated to testing, designing, and manufacturing the respiratory protection masks to support the healthcare system in Sweden. Life Science and healthcare is an area of expertise for Camfil and we are delivering air filtration and ventilation solutions to hospitals and medical facilities around the world – including operating theatres, laboratories, reception rooms, intensive care units, and pharmacies.
Camfil provides a steady supply of respiratory masks to Sweden’s hardest-hit region
We are currently delivering 100,000 respiratory protection masks each week to the local health authorities in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden and the region hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. These will be distributed to frontline health workers across the region. In total, we will produce 5 million respiratory protection masks. We hope to be able to supply other Swedish regions in the future.
The idea for a mask took shape within Camfil when the corona outbreak first emerged. As experts in air filtration solutions, we simply could not just stand by – so we prepared to act. Ideas for respiratory protection masks began to come in from our offices in Malaysia, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden and others. The project then gained momentum through Camfil’s Global Tech Center in Trosa, Sweden. Since such face masks are not part of Camfil’s regular manufacturing output, we kicked off a large-scale internal initiative to get up and running with a prototype. The prototype was then tested in one of our laboratories. Product development in the filter industry usually takes several months or even years. For this fast pace development, it took plenty of hard work to redeploy production lines while finding partners and suppliers who could help make the idea a reality as soon as possible. The production started in Trosa, Sweden and CamProtect respiratory protection masks became a reality.
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Camfil’s face masks have been rigorously fit tested to ensure that they achieve an adequate protection factor. The most common testing method for these respiratory masks tests the amount of particles that pass through the mask. In our lab, we can also break down this percentage by particle size. This is not standard when testing respiratory protection devices classified as FFP2 and FFP3, but it is important when protection against the coronavirus is desired. Because COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets that contain the virus, so the filter efficiency is critical.
Watch how different-sized particles stay in place or drift in the air in this study from Toho University in Japan: click here
The independent test institute RISE is testing our face masks according to the penetration requirements in European standard EN149. Learn more here: https://www.ri.se/sv/vad-vi-gor/tjanster/tester-skyddsutrustning-till-varden
Fotograf: Josefin Lundgren Gawell
Modell: Pauline Rylander Hagson