As the world fights to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, masks have become an integral part of our everyday lives. We now have to wear them in grocery stores, restaurants, and anywhere else where we cannot safely socially distance. Of the many masks available on the market, the N95 face masks are considered one of the most effective at protecting front-line workers from contracting the coronavirus.
Part of the reason N95 masks are so effective is thanks to how they’re manufactured. Rugged inductive sensors are a crucial part of this manufacturing process. Read on to learn more:
What are N95 face masks?
N95 face masks are a filtering facepiece respirator (FFR). In other words, they have respirators inside of them that filter out at least 95% of small particles. These tiny particles include bacteria and viruses that cause contagious diseases (such as COVID-19). They’re not to be confused with surgical masks, which are loose-fitting and lack a respirator. You can learn more about the differences between surgical masks and N95 face masks on the CDC’s website.
Rugged inductive sensors
Inductive sensors use electromagnetic induction to detect the presence of a metallic object. This ability is useful when manufacturing N95 masks. During this process, material feeds must be properly synchronized, and masks need to be positioned correctly. If they are not, there will be manufacturing errors that can compromise the N95 masks’ integrity. However, rugged inductive sensors ensure that the material feeds are placed in the appropriate position, thus reducing the likelihood of any manufacturing defects.
N95 masks have become crucial in the fight against the coronavirus, rugged inductive sensors are helping to manufacture them correctly and reliably. Locon Sensor Systems, as a long-time licensed distributor of Contrinex product, features inductive cylindrical sizes that can be used in applications requiring a high degree of precision, like making N95 masks. Contact us today to learn more.