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Face shield and mask manufacturers

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Face shield and mask manufacturers

Demand for PPE, Personal Protection Equipment like face shields and face masks, ballooned as the corona pandemic (covid-19) hit Europe late in February 2020. Like many companies Brigo felt like doing something to assist in this battle. What did the healthcare heroes need the most? Soon we realized that face shield and mask manufacturers were on their knees due to high demand. A full-face visor, could we somehow produce it and put it on the market? And which of the face shield and face mask would provide the best protection against the coronavirus? 

Face shield vs. face mask 

Face shields are manufactured to protect the whole face. They come in various forms but all consists of a clear plastic barrier, a full-face visor, covering the face all the way past the chin. One cough simulation study done in 2014 suggested that a face shield, correctly manufactured and worn, could reduce a person’s viral exposure to a cough expelled less than 18 inches away by 96%.

Face masks are manufactured to protect the mouth and nose. They are made in different thicknesses and with different ability to protect you from contact with liquids – N95 respirators and surgical masks for example. When worn in a proper way, they help block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays or splatter that may contain viruses and bacteria. Also, they help reduce exposure of your saliva and respiratory secretions to others.

Below you can see a comparison of the face shield vs. the face mask based on which of them offers the best protection against the coronavirus (+ pros, – cons):

Face masks:

+ can create a complete or near complete seal on sides of the face
+ c
an be disinfected (single dry heat sterilization, 70 degrees Celsius heating for 30 minutes)

requires specific machinery for production
difficult to communicate or talk to others
limited durability
requires touching your face to put on or adjust
not comfortable, difficult to breathe in
no protection from infection via mucus membranes in the eyes

Face Shield

open on the sides, providing some possibility for aerosols and small particles to float in

+ easily disinfected
+ easy for face shield manufacturers to produce
+ makes lip reading possible for the deaf/hard of hearing
+ easily sterilized or re-used
+ presents wearer from touching their face
+ comfortable to wear and breathe in
+ includes eye protection
+ clarifies the importance of physical distancing

However, a combination of the full-face visor and face mask seems to be the best solution. Even though manufacturing face shield and face masks differs a bit they both contribute to a good overall protection. In theory, the face shield keeps face masks from full onslaught of viral particles, letting healthcare workers use the masks longer.

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How face shield and mask manufacturers produce their PPE-items

Face shields enables rapid manufacturing, making it possible to produce them in large amount when needed. The production takes place in several steps, beginning with the high gloss finish PET film. A protective coating is applied directly to prevent the surface from getting scratched or dirty. The PET plastic is delivered in sheet format and then is cut out into visor glass. Associated headbands are printed and then punched out. Finally, three details are mounted into a face shield: visor glass, headband and foam. Packaging is preferably done in dust-protected multi-packaging together with user manual in the correct language. A correctly manufactured face shield should comply with the European standard EN-166 and be classified as a category II PPE.

Surgical face masks are manufactured out of a non-woven fabric, providing a better bacteria filtration and air permeability while remaining less slippery than woven cloth (as members of the public choose to wear). The most common material for face masks is polypropylene but can also be made of polystyrene, polycarbonate, polyethylene, or polyester. When manufacturing face masks for medical use the producer needs a machine line that assembles the nonwovens from bobbins, ultrasonically welds the layers together and stamps the masks with nose strips, ear loops and other pieces. The face masks are made up of a multi-layered structure, generally by covering a layer of textile with non-woven bonded fabric on both sides and then sterilized before shipped out.

Brigo’s face shield manufacturing

At Brigo we develop, produce and distribute unique customer solutions in accordance with production on demand. Our strength comes from the fact that we are both diversified and multi-faceted as suppliers. For each project we work in qualified teams in line with LEAN methods, such as applying a standardized approach to our day-to-day business and continuously improving our way of working. When it comes to the face shield project, we wanted to help plug the gap caused by the coronavirus. In search of the most needed product we tried several development tracks at the same time – protective robes, face shields, foldable beds, linen and face masks. Some of these ideas became sketches, others made it to prototype stage and a few went all the way: to a finished product. 

In order to manufacture our face shields, we teamed up with Abena, who knows what is needed – especially by the healthcare industry. The result of our joint work is a good quality face shield with mechanical and optical properties up to, or even better than, the standard requirement. Our face shields have been type-tested and marked with the CE mark and “BRIGO 1 S – EN166 3 A”, stating that the optical class is class 1 and the intended use is protection against droplets and splashes (3). The digit (S) means that the face shield fulfils the standards requirement for increased robustness. Our face shields are suitable for storing and has an expected shelf-time of 10 years.

Find out more about our face shield here ›

Decoration pillows for Nimbus

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The Swedish speedboat manufacturer Nimbus has since the 80s (when Swedish tennis player Björn Borg gave the brand a boost) been a reputable brand in the premium segment. After the boat industry crisis in the early 2000’s, the company had a great expansion and launched several new models. Nimbus largest market is Sweden, Germany and Norway followed by Great Britain, France and Turkey.

Brigo has been entrusted with the manufacturing of the cushions that come with all Nimbus boat models. The cushions are made in our 3000 square meter sewing shop in Poland with a special fabric that keeps them dry and stylish even in humid climates.

Brigo thanks Nimbus for the trust.

Do you want to know more about our manufacturing of cushions for maritime environment? Contact our business manager Linda. Read more about Nimbus and their different boat models at Nimbus.se.

Linda Wallin
linda.wallin@brigo.se
+46 (0) 31 89 18 13
+46 (0) 736 56 13 01

New window fabric collection

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Curtains are not only a stylish interior detail but are also an effective tool for interior designers and architects to work with the acoustics. The Sunbrella Window Collection is a new interesting collection of fabrics of 3 meters width which makes it optimal for curtain manufacture. Few joints and seams provide a more optimal product. The textiles have a soft and attractive color range with a structure that gives the curtains an exclusive feel. Fabrics with acrylic fiber are also both water-repellent, bleach-resistant and UV-protective.

Brigo manufactures custom-made curtains to meet every unique interior, both indoors and outdoors. Sunbrella Window Collection is available as an order item.

If you want to know more about our curtain offer, please contact our business area manager:

Linda Wallin
linda.wallin@brigo.se
+46 (0) 31 89 18 13
+46 (0) 736 56 13 01 

Cushions made to order

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Now we offer the possibility to order custom made cushions directly on the website. Choose model, fabric and fixture and create a quote request directly in our webshop, and we will get back to you with price and delivery information. All orders with our standard fabrics can be delivered within a few weeks. We stock a wide range of quality textiles from Sunbrella, for both indoor and outdoor environments. For outdoor use we offer QuickDry Foam which is a foam that makes the cushions dry even in humid and cold environments.

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Urecel QuickDry – Foam padding that is unbeatable in an outdoor environment

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For several years we have worked with Urecel as a supplier of foam materials for our outdoor products. Urecel’s quick dry concept makes their material unbeatable in an outdoor environment. Using a three-ply structure we can manufacture cushions that are moisture repellent, quick drying and easy to clean, properties that make them perfect for hotel lounges, restaurant terraces, boats and outdoor furniture.

Urecel’s distinctive foam gets its porous structure from a technique called Hydro-Blast Reticulation. This allows moisture accumulating in the cushion to quickly drain down to its underside. This means that you will stay warm and dry, even if you are sitting outside in the cold and wet.

Read more about Urecel QuickDry here

If you would like to know more about our Interior business area, please contact our Business Area Manager:


Linda Wallin
linda.wallin@brigo.se
+46 (0) 31 89 18 13
+46 (0) 736 56 13 01 

A shop-in-shop stocking over 1000 items sold loose

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Fredells in Stockholm is one of northern Europe’s largest DIY stores with 47,000 m2 of floor space. Each department has an extensive display area where products are exhibited in built environments, often with the supplier’s own in-store concession. Fast Smart Fästteknik is one of the brands represented, with its entire range, at Fredells, this means over a thousand products – sold both separately and packaged.

Together with Fast we have developed a tailor-made in-store concession solution. One challenge has been to combine the sale of boxed items with the sale of loose individual items. We solved this by creating a colour coded shelf system. This involves locating the boxed items together with the boxes of loose individual items. This makes it easier for customers to find the right items and at the same time optimises the concession’s sales.

“Fast has a unique retail concept with a clear and simple colour coding system that guides the customer in the store and also simplifies the use of the product”, says Christian Sagelv, Category Manager at Fredells Byggvaruhus.

Fast was launched on the Swedish market in 2012 and today their in-store concession system is used in over 500 stores. All system components are in place in our own warehouse. This allows us to deliver a new system, tailored and ready for a store, within three days.

If you would like to know more about our in-store concession systems, please contact our Business Area Manager:

BJÖRN BJÖRNFORS
Sales manager

bjorn.bjornfors@brigo.se
+46 (0) 31 89 18 29
+46 (0) 707 90 80 05

Tactile properties in a digital world

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How does the leather smell? What does the texture of the panel feel like? How does the paintwork reflect in different light conditions? We make a car purchase with all of our senses, so while we can customise a car model on a website or in an app, it is difficult for a digital screen to convey tactile properties such as feel, smell and structure.

Brigo manufactures and distributes demonstration products for several of the world’s largest car manufacturers. Fabric samples, paint samples and other demonstration products impose exacting demands on both design and logistics. The design, location, finish and quality of products can all be decisive factors in the purchase of a car. Naturally, to optimise sales, each dealership must be provided, on time, with the correct material for its car models.

Brigo has developed a unique concept for the automotive industry; this includes the production, warehousing, logistics and invoicing of display products. This allows the optimisation of production and warehousing, the automation of orders and providing marketing managers with precise budget figures.

And most importantly. Customers can use all of their senses to get the right feel before they choose their car.

For more information about Brigo Automotive, contact our Business Area Manager.

Pernilla Dahlbom
Key Account Manager
pernilla.dahlbom@brigo.se
+46 (0) 31 891814
+46 (0) 708414642

 

Tactile is a word used to describe the transmission of information or feeling through touch. Examples of information that can be registered through touch include temperature, hardness, pressure, surface properties and shape. Braille is an example of information that can be read off tactilely.
Source: Wikipedia

New requirements for future demo cars

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Sound systems, air conditioning, interior and exterior lighting are all important components when a client is deciding on what car model to choose. That’s why the dealers who can offer a demonstration of the whole car, directly in the showroom, will have a great advantage over their competitors.

The car’s driving characteristics is basically the only thing that a car dealer can’t provide without a test drive. But that is both expensive for the retailer and for the environment. With the help of new technology, some manufacturers can now offer a demonstration of the car’s technology on site, without having to turn the key. This means that a potential customer can “experience” the car in a whole new way already in the showroom.

At Brigo Automotive, we are constantly working to improve the opportunities for our customers to demonstrate their car models, both through physical demo products and through new technology.

For more information about Brigo Automotive, contact our business manager.

Pernilla Dahlbom
pernilla.dahlbom@brigo.se
+46 (0) 31 89 18 13
+46 (0) 736 56 13 01 

“We are better and are better off”

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How are we getting better? How do we take the next steps? These are questions we ask ourselves daily. For 18 months the Produktionslyftet production initiative has given us the opportunity to look at these issues in depth, so as to achieve our objective of a better and more efficient organisation.

The Produktionslyftet project is an extensive programme aimed at raising the productivity, competitiveness and development capacity of Swedish industry. The process is based on principles associated with Lean, but takes as its starting point the challenges and ambitions that are most important to the individual company. In our case, this has meant that, as an organisation, we are now better at assigning responsibility, and so can take more rapid and better decisions. During the time we have taken part in the Produktionslyftet project, ten of our employees have trained in the Lean model. This has also meant that we have had the opportunity to break down and improve each component of the project in detail. Among other things this has resulted in the “Brigo Book”, ambitiously documenting our entire production system.

Read an article about Brigo at Produktionslyftet.se här.