The Palas respiratory mask filter test rig PMFT 1000 allows a reliable control of the filter performance and enhances quality assurance
Karlsruhe, Germany, March 09, 2020 - The current spread of the new corona virus CoVid-19 is leading to a massive increase in demand for respiratory masks worldwide. Manufacturers of filter media and respiratory masks are increasing their production capacities to the maximum. However, reliable protection is only offered by masks that have undergone special tests during production. To support manufacturers, Palas has introduced the newly developed PMFT 1000 respiratory mask filter test rig, which enables both quality assurance in production and product improvement in the development department.
A special advantage of the PFMT 1000 from Palas compared to other filter test rigs is the exact representation of the separation per size class of the particles "Especially regarding the effectiveness of the breathing masks for the corona virus, which is only 120 nm – 160 nm small, such an exact measurement of the particle size distribution is essential", says Dr. Maximilian Weiß, CEO of Palas GmbH. Test rigs of other manufacturers often only measure the efficiency values at a predefined particle size of e.g. 200 nm and thus cannot check the effectiveness of the masks against this virus.
"With our newly developed test rig, we additionally respond to the needs of our customers who can use our products for their research and development in the long term even after the reduction of production capacities", says the Managing Director Sales of Palas GmbH Dr. Daniel Auer.
The PFMT 1000 is produced at the headquarters of Palas GmbH in Karlsruhe with an individual adapter for the exact fitting of the respiratory mask. "Despite this very complex customer-specific production method, we ensure the short-term availability of the test rigs by prefabrication of the high-quality components and flexible production processes, because our customers need these test rigs as soon as possible", explains Markus Herrmann, production manager of the Palas GmbH.
Late 2018 until late 2019, a close-meshed network of measuring stations has monitored air quality in the British capital London as a part of the ‘Breathe London’ project.
Within the scope of this initiative, mobile measurements were carried out using two "Google Street View Cars" equipped with monitoring equipment. Amongst others, the precisely and continuously measuring Fidas® fine dust monitors were also installed in these vehicles. ACOEM Air Monitors , sales partner of Palas®, was responsible for the technical equipment employing a comprehensive set of analyzers for air pollutants ( Palas® reported ). Now the 'Breathe London' project has been selected as the winner of the SMART50 Award in the Digital Transformation category. “The benefits of hyperlocal air quality data are already being realised in London and we hope that this can be recreated all over the world. The measurement of air pollution at an unprecedented scale and scope helps to identify pollution hotspots and informs the design and assessment of mitigation measures. It also provides local information that helps citizens take their own pollution reduction initiatives and make informed decisions such as where to walk, cycle, play and live”, says Felicity Sharp, Managing Director of ACOEM Air Monitors.
We congratulate cordially on the award and are pleased to have made a significant contribution with our high-quality fine dust measurement technology!
This year Palas® has decided to forego Christmas presents and instead donates money for a good cause.
Since August 2019, around 906,000 hectares of forest in the Amazon have been on fire. Alarming quantities of CO2 are being released, accelerating climate change. In order to support the preservation of our environment and thus secure the future of our children, we have decided to forego Christmas presents this year. Instead, we are donating to WWF (World Wide Fund For Nature) to help save the Amazon. At the end of 2019 we would like to thank you for the trust you have placed in us and for the pleasant cooperation. We wish you, your team and your loved ones health, happiness and success for the New Year. Your Palas® Team