A hand sanitizer production line typically consists of a hand sanitizer mixer, mixing preparation pot, control panel, working platform, pipes, valves, and filters. The hand sanitizer pot is the most crucial part of the mixing process. It consists of inner containers, outer insulation layers, temperature measuring devices, steam & cooling water, material feeding/discharging device, and an adjustable mixing device. There are also several different types of hand sanitizers that are being manufactured, including alcohol-based, ammonia-based, silver/iodine-based, etc.
Similarly to face masks and ventilators, manufacturers that typically produce other goods have now turned their attention toward manufacturing hand sanitizer. The highest demand currently is for alcohol-based hand sanitizers so companies in other industries who have access to that key ingredient have graciously turned their production lines toward preserving our health.
According to Vox, one LA distillery called Amass has created an alcohol-based botanic handwash. It was originally meant to simply keep friends and family safe, but demand quickly grew and soon the distillery was getting orders from across the country. Similarly, bigger alcohol labels such as Diageo are doing their part to help with the shortage as well. They’ve pledged to donate 2 million liters of ethyl alcohol to hand sanitizer manufacturers. The brand Titos has also pledged to manufacture 24 tons of its own hand sanitizer to give to first-responders.
Perfume producers, another sector of the manufacturing world that has ready access to alcohol, has also had several manufacturers turn their production lines toward hand sanitizer. In March, LVMH began producing free hand sanitizer for French healthcare workers using production lines they typically reserve for Dior and Givenchy. Other companies such as L’Oreal and Estee Lauder have also joined the cause. The former is donating millions of bottles throughout Europe while the latter has reopened a factory in Long Island and has pledged to donate 10,000 bottles throughout the state each week.