Auto Major Ford to Help Design New Devices for Covid-19 Healthcare support
Ford Motor Company has announced a series of initiatives with
leading companies to make devices that will support healthcare workers in the
fight against COVID-19. Automobile major Ford Motor Company and 3M are jointly
developing a new design for making Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRS)
using parts used by both companies in the manufacture of their products. Ford
and GE Healthcare are working together to expand production of a simplified
version of GE Healthcare’s existing ventilator design to support patients with
respiratory failure or difficulty breathing.
Ford, in cooperation with the UAW, will assemble more than 100,000 critically needed plastic face shields per week at a Ford manufacturing site to help medical professionals, factory workers and store clerks; Ford also will leverage its in-house 3D printing capability to produce disposable respirators for healthcare workers. In addition, Ford plans to assemble more than 100,000 face shields per week and leverage its in-house 3D printing capability to produce disposable respirators for healthcare 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.”
In China, Ford of China joint venture partner Jiangling Motors also has donated 10 specially equipped Transit ambulance vans to hospitals in Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak began. Ford is also reacquiring 165,000 N95 respirators from China that were originally sent by Ford to China earlier this year to help combat coronavirus.
Ford has also kicked off a working team to help hospitals locate and secure urgently needed surgical and N95 respirators. Ford has so far committed sending Henry Ford Health Systems 40,000 surgical masks while it locates additional supplies.
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