Ventilator Production: Ford Joins Forces With GE, UAW And 3M To Manufacture Medical Equipment Amid Coronavirus Crisis

by Duke Magazine

In recent weeks the U.S. health care system has been under incredible stress due to the coronavirus pandemic — fortunately several American corporations have stepped up to the plate to help fill the demand for much needed medical supplies and equipment. Ford is working with 3M to manufacture at scale Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) with both companies collaborating on the new design leveraging parts from both Ford and 3M to meet the demand for first responders and health care workers. This new respirator could be produced in a Ford facility by UAW workers. 

This is such a critical time for America and the world. It is a time for action and cooperation. By coming together across multiple industries, we can make a real difference for people in need and for those on the front lines of this crisis,” said Bill Ford, Ford’s executive chairman. “At Ford, we feel a deep obligation to step up and contribute in times of need, just as we always have through the 117-year history of our company.” To help further expedite production, the Ford and 3M teams are fully utilizing their resources by using parts, such as fans from the Ford F-150’s cooled seats for airflow, 3M HEPA air filters to filter airborne contaminants (such as droplets that carry virus particles) and portable tool battery packs to power these respirators for up to eight hours. 

This is HUGE! It’s great to see companies coming together for the greater good. 

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