Ford Motor Company is teaming up with 3M and GE Healthcare to help speed the production of live-saving respirators and ventilators critical to the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Ford is now working with 3M to manufacture at-scale Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs), leveraging parts from both companies to meet urgent demand for first responders and health care workers. In addition, the company is exploring production of the new PAPR in a Ford facility in addition to 3M production.
Working with GE Healthcare, Ford is helping 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 also 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 says it will also will leverage its in-house 3D printing capability to produce components for use in personal protective equipment.
DEARBORN, MI – Ford Motor Company, joining forces with firms including 3M and GE Healthcare, is lending its manufacturing and engineering expertise to quickly expand production of urgently needed medical equipment and supplies for healthcare workers, first responders and