June 16, 2020 / Press Release

Coronavirus pandemic: Extra protection

Ensinger producing face shields using injection moulding

Ensinger has entered the fight against the further spread of Covid-19 by producing reusable face shields. The plastics processor has developed a safety visor which is comfortable to wear thanks to its low weight and ease of handling with adjustable straps.

Face shields offer an additional barrier against coronaviruses. The protective visors are particular good for shielding not only the oral and nasal mucous membranes, but also the eye area from infection. The face shields are used for example in hospitals, by the emergency services or in nursing homes.

In order to meet the high quality standards, Ensinger uses highly transparent, stable films made from the plastic PET-GAG to make the visor. The polypropylene headbands are made using injection moulding. This method allows Ensinger to produce significantly higher numbers of face shields than would be possible with 3D-printed solutions.

Effective protection

Unlike a mask, the visor does not fit closely over the mouth and nose. To minimise the risk of infection, virologists therefore recommend wearing the face shield in combination with a mask. Face shields are being used not only in the healthcare sector but also in other public and private institutions where employees are in close contact with other people.

Easy cleaning with alcohol

Ensinger is offering the protective visors as a complete set for self-assembly. The replaceable visor component and headband can be easily cleaned with alcohol-based disinfectants.

Dedication in association with partners

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, the family business Ensinger is participating – together with external partners – in several cooperative ventures aimed at providing large numbers of respiratory protection devices, ventilator systems and other medical devices. For example, Ensinger is also manufacturing filaments for the production of face shields with 3D printing. These protective visors are assembled by volunteers at the Arena 2036 research campus at the University of Stuttgart. They are supplied both to hospitals in the region and to medical establishments in Italy and Spain.

As a broadly positioned plastics processor, Ensinger covers a large part of the value added chain itself, with its product range comprising, among other things, granules, stock shapes, filaments, composite materials and finished parts.

Further information

About Ensinger

The Ensinger Group is engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of compounds, semi-finished materials, composites, technical parts and profiles made of engineering and high-performance plastics. To process the thermoplastic polymers, Ensinger uses a wide range of production techniques, such as extrusion, machining, injection moulding, casting, sintering and pressing. With a total of 2,600 employees at 35 locations, the family-owned enterprise is represented worldwide in all major industrial regions with manufacturing facilities or sales offices.

The face shield is light in weight and therefore comfortable to wear
The new face shield from Ensinger. Protective visors are particular good for shielding not only the oral and nasal mucous membranes but also the eye area from infection.
Manufacture of the polypropylene headbands at the injection moulding facility in Rottenburg-Ergenzingen

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