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Before the pandemic, a major share
of nonwoven materials and PPE were
produced in Asian countries, particularly
China. However, the global spread of
COVID-19 has driven many countries
- and many of their businesses - to
create or expand regional production of
nonwoven PPE to meet local demand,
especially for the surgical-grade and
N95 face masks needed by medical
professionals as well as the general
public to stem the spread of the virus.
This market response - and the
incremental PPE production offered by
both existing and new-to-the-market
producers - has played an important
role in global pandemic response efforts.
Because Emerson's Branson™ ultrasonic
welding technology is widely used in
nonwoven PPE production, Emerson
personnel responded to the pandemic
by helping existing nonwoven product
manufacturers rapidly expand local PPE
production, while collaborating with
new-to-the-market players to create and
implement innovative PPE production
solutions. Behind the scenes, Emerson's
Branson ultrasonic welding business, part of
Emerson Automation Solutions, ramped up
production of plastic welding equipment,
including standardized products and
assemblies, to ensure continuous supply
and the shortest possible delivery times.
This incremental production enabled
Emerson to supply hundreds of additional

Ultrasonic Welder

Actuator/Stand
Converter

Power Supply

Ultrasonic
Stack

Booster

Horn

Components of the weld stack (converter, booster, sonotrode) are mounted on a movable actuating
arm that gently and continuously compresses the nonwoven layers onto the rotating anvil, where the
sonotrode delivers the ultrasonic energy that permanently welds them together. (Credit: Emerson)
Branson welding units - together with the
local expertise, application-specific tooling,
and technical support - needed to meet
new production challenges and customer
demands in every corner of the world.

Fast-Track Response Boosts
Australia's PPE Output

In March 2020, as Australia's Department of Defence (ADF) faced the
implications of the spreading pandemic,
it sought out domestic suppliers to
produce the estimated 58 million Level
3 surgical masks Australia would need

by November 2020. The ADF offered
the production contract to Melbournebased MedCon, Australia's only domestic
supplier. However, due to the influx of
low-cost masks from Asia, MedCon's
annual mask production had sunk to just
2 million and just one of its aging maskmaking machines remained in production.
To meet the 29-fold increase in mask
production, MedCon urgently needed to
modernize three old machines and build
five new ones. For help, MedCon and
the ADF turned to Australia's premier
machine builder, Foodmach, asking it

Medical mask production utilizes continuous ultrasonic welds for seams on the width and length of the mask, while the tie straps or elastic ear loops are
bonded with plunge or " spot " welds. (Credit: Emerson)
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