Facetime: Bosch puts fully automated mask-production lines into operation

Published:  03 June, 2020

Bosch has turned its hand to the production of face masks to help in the fight against COVID-19, and set to produce more than half a million per day.

Developed by Bosch’s special-purpose machinery unit in just a few weeks, identical, fully automated production lines for face masks are now being set up at several company locations. In addition to the lead plant for Industry 4.0 in Stuttgart-Feuerbach, where two lines are planned, mask production will be ramped up at the Bosch locations in Naganathapura, India, and Juárez, Mexico, in successive weeks. A facility at the Rexroth plant in Erbach, Germany, will round off the manufacturing network. Overall, by the end of June, the production volume of the five lines is set to exceed ten million masks a month.

 Bosch is manufacturing surgical mask types I and II, which comply with the European DIN EN 14683 standard, and will use them mainly to protect its roughly 400,000 staff worldwide. Bosch also wants to make any excess capacity available to third parties, and is also making the designs, technical drawings, and assembly instructions of the lines available to other companies free of charge, as well as information about how the masks are packaged and distributed.

Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, said: “Our special production lines give us greater independence, since masks can be made directly on site, right where they are needed. By equipping our associates with masks we make ourselves, we are helping to relieve the burden on the market. Moreover, we are doing the groundwork that will enable us to safely resume operations and protect our associates,”

Bosch has already received inquiries from over 30 companies regarding the designs of the special production line.

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