MaskForce Consortium Produces Reusable Face Masks For Front Line Workers; Briggs & Stratton Corporation Leads Filtration Efforts
The MaskForce face mask - which is temporarily authorized by the FDA under an emergency use authorization for use by healthcare professionals to help prevent the spread of infection or illness during the COVID-19 pandemic – can be sanitized and reused, unlike most face masks which are designed to be discarded after a single use. Its filters, however, are intended to be disposed of after every eight hours of wear, further extending the life of the mask.
Because of its expertise in air filtration for its engines,
"Creating innovative products that make work easier and improve lives is the mission we live by at
The mask is priced close to cost, with any profits in 2020 reinvested back into the community. In addition to accelerating production of the current model, a smaller form-factor mask is under development. The MaskForce face mask is temporarily authorized pursuant to an FDA emergency use authorization and is actively pursuing NIOSH N95 certification.
The MaskForce consortium began when more than 50 professionals representing 25 Milwaukee-area manufacturers, first responders, educational institutions and healthcare organizations gathered together with the shared goal of developing a reusable face mask to help address the nationwide health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by
Supporters and partners
- Technical partners (design, validation, testing, tooling & manufacturing):
Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Protolabs, Midwest Composites, Rexnord, Mastergraphics, Brooks Stevens, PTC
- Financial Support (physical materials or financial support):
Briggs & Stratton Corporation, New Berlin Plastics, Rockwell Automation, Quad Graphics, A.O. Smith, Sharp Packaging
- Sub Suppliers (supplying products or services to MaskForce): New Berlin Plastics, Savage Solutions, Imperial, Milcut, Pentair,
Quarles & Brady
- Supporters (support to aid the progress of the project): Congressman
Mike Gallagher, Senator Ron Johnson'soffice, Froedtert, Medical College of Wisconsin, Children's Wisconsin, Milwaukee Fire Dept., Lisbon Fire Dept., City of Waukesha Fire Dept., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, Concordia University, University of Wisconsin-Madison
At this time, the MaskForce face mask has not been FDA cleared or approved. The MaskForce product has been authorized by FDA under an EUA for use as source control by the general public as well as by health care personnel in healthcare settings as to help prevent the spread of infection or illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The MaskForce face mask is authorized only for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of the emergency use of medical devices, including alternative products used as medical devices, during the COVID-19 outbreak, under section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1) unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.
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