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Shima Seiki
Shima Seiki

20th April 2020, Reutlingen

Stoll donates ADF machine to community workshops for facemask production

© Stoll.

© Stoll.

Reutlingen-based flat knitting machine manufacturer Stoll is providing the BruderhausDiakonie, a local community workshops organisation, with an ADF 530-16 BW knitting machine for the manufacture of mouth and nose protection masks. The masks will be used to protect the workshop’s employees.

Protective masks are in short supply, and mouth and nose protection that is supposed to prevent droplet infections is often only available in sewn versions. More professional, BruderhausDiakonie says, is the mouth and nose protection that the workshops manufacture with a Stoll flat knitting machine - initially for the BruderhausDiakonie's own needs.

"For us, mouth and nose protection is a valuable and rare commodity," said Lothar Bauer, CEO of BruderhausDiakonie, at the handover of the modern flat knitting machine last Wednesday. The BruderhausDiakonie is now happy it is able to manufacture the mouth and nose protection, "because it is important to us to protect our employees and our clients."

Stoll helps workshops in the corona crisis

Andreas Schellhammer, CEO of Stoll, referred to the cooperation between the knitting machine manufacturer and the workshops of the Bruderhaus deaconry, which has been going on for over 30 years. "We thought about how and where we can help effectively in these times. It was natural to support the long-standing supplier BruderhausDiakonie-Werkstätten.”

Little manual work necessary

The machine, which produces a colour-variable and perfectly fitting mouth and nose mask within ten minutes, requires little manual labour. This is not unimportant in times when the workshops work in emergency mode, as Lothar Bauer noted. Stoll service manager Erhard Vöhringer, who developed the idea for protective mask production, explained that the machine, once properly set up, could theoretically run day and night.

Good cooperation

“For Stoll, the BruderhausDiakonie's workshops mainly produce side tensions, an important accessory for most knitting machines,” explained Klaus Fischer, regional manager for work and vocational training at BruderhausDiakonie. "These are demanding jobs that our people demand and are therefore popular with. Stoll has always been satisfied with the result.”

"The collaboration works very well," said Andreas Schellhammer. The workshops are a very reliable supplier.

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