Trisit Textiltechnologie, a pioneer in 3D knitting technology, has developed a range of protective face masks to assist in the fight against COVID-19. The Achtrer Group company, which is located in Ulm, halfway between Munich and Stuttgart, was an early adopter of Stoll flat knitting technology for technical applications.
The company is well known for its 3D knitted lampshades, handbags, sneakers, seat and backrest covers for furniture and automotive, as well as for special technical applications like integrated seat-heating or illumination. Trisit is now manufacturing two distinct types of anti-pandemic reusable facemasks with filters – the Face Mask Proand the Face Mask Vita.
Face Mask Pro
According to Trisit, the innovative element in Face Mask Pro is that: “The mask is simply attached to the neck with the Velcro strip without any contact to the ears and without binding. Furthermore, a pocket is integrated on the inside of the mask, which enables a quick change of filters.”
“The face mask is characterized by the fact that it is light and breathable, also its shape adapts to the individual area of the face without obstructing the mouth. This makes it extremely comfortable and effective,” Trisit adds.
“Being a textile face mask, it is washable and therefore reusable.”
“You can use our special filter fleece made by a well-known German manufacturer of non-woven fabrics as an additional textile barrier. This increases the filtering effect of the mask without decreasing the wearing comfort,” Trisit says.
“Our inserted filter fleece is also being used in the manufacturing of professional protective masks. The composite nonwoven fabric has been tested in an independent laboratory and has shown very good filter performances, which increases the protection of others.”
Face Mask Vita
The 3D knitted Face Mask Vita is, Trisit says, very comfortable to wear. The variable usable elastic band can be worn behind the head, as well as behind the ears. The users decides which is best. Similar to its sister model Pro, a pocket is integrated on the inside of the mask, which enables quick filter change.
Like Pro, Vita is light and breathable, also its shape adapts to the individual area of the face without obstructing the mouth. Trisit says the mask is extremely comfortable and effective and is washable and therefore reusable. Vita also uses the same nonwoven filters as Pro.
“As a textile product, the face mask as a makeshift mask, used with or without the filter fleece, meets the requirements of the federal states of Germany Corona- regulations on the obligation to wear makeshift masks in public,” Trisit adds.
“The test according to EN 14683 has been passed with the classification type IIR. However, it is not a mouth-nose protective mask, as an official approval is still required. The face mask currently does not meet the regulations required by EN 149 and therefore does not represent a personal protective equipment PSA,” the company concludes.