The system will be installed and put into operation at Eclipse in Cambridge, Ont. within four weeks
Canadian company Eclipse Automation has teamed up with Harmontronics Automation of Suzhou, China, to manufacture, sell, distribute, service, commission and modify the Harmontronics’ N95 masks throughout North America.
The two companies have initiated investment that would bring to North America an initial production line of Harmontronics’ fully automated N95 Vertical Flat-Fold Respirator Mask Production Line system. The system will be installed and put into operation at Eclipse in Cambridge, Ont. within four weeks.
“Eclipse has the know-how to assess this system already producing N95 masks in China and see that any modifications required to meet North American specifications are done quickly and right,” said Steve Mai, president and CEO of Eclipse. “We can expedite this to provide a top-notch N95 mask automation system and lead the process to see that it can be scaled to all who need it. We can deliver a level of proactive control to the solution that is crucial for such an important product.”
This system will be used to work with North American manufacturers to customize the system for their specific needs and support qualification efforts for various respirator designs. This will allow Eclipse to handle mass production of the product and will help to get locally produced respirators into the health care supply chain in North America as quickly as possible.
The manufacturing will still scale from the Harmontronics facility in China, according to Eclipse.