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Cars Ford building coronavirus respirators using fans from cooled SEATS

15:08  26 march  2020
15:08  26 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Ford Is Using Seat Ventilation Fans to Build Respirators . An ingenious solution to provide needed aid to frontline emergency workers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ford announced today that it is partnering with 3M in order to manufacture powered air -purifying respirators (PAPRs) as part of its

It would use fans from its Ford F-150 cooled seats to make parts of the respirators , the company said. Additionally, Ford said its U.S. design team was starting to test transparent full-face shields for first responders, which when paired with N95 respirator masks, could be an effective way of limiting

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Ford is lending its manufacturing and engineering prowess, and creative ingenuity, to the fight against coronavirus.

It will be helping the expansion of production of various medical supplies, including air-purifying respirators.

Off-the-shelf parts are being repurposed for new designs.

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These include the fans usually found in high-end air conditioned ‘cooling’ seats. They’re normally used in Ford F-150 pickups.

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Ford has partnered with 3M to develop and manufacture a new version of 3M's powered air -purifying respirators . The new version would use existing vehicle parts such as fans from ventilated F-150 seats . The plan is for Ford to assemble up to 1,000 of the respirators per month at one of its

It would use fans from its Ford F-150 cooled seats to make parts of the respirators , the company said. Additionally, Ford said its U.S. design team was starting to test General Motors Co has also partnered with medical equipment maker Ventec and is building ventilators at its plant in Indiana.

Ford is working with 3M, which is suppling HEPA air filters, to develop respirators for healthcare workers.

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“This is such a critical time for America and the world,” said Ford executive chairman Bill Ford.

“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.

“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.”

Ventilators, respirators and face shields

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Ford will lend its manufacturing might and design skills to help produce needed healthcare equipment for the fight against COVID-19 coronavirus , the company The new version would use existing vehicle parts such as fans from ventilated F-150 seats . The plan is for Ford to assemble up to 1,000

Ford has just announced it will partner with 3M and GE Healthcare to manufacture 3M Powered Air -Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) and versions of GE ventilators. Ford is currently working in collaboration with 3M to create a new design for the Powered Air -Purifying Respirators , leveraging

The automaker is collaborating with GE Healthcare to expand production of its ventilator. Ford will potentially be able to manufacture the ventilators at one of its locations. This will supplement supply from the main GE facility.

Ford’s design team is also working on the design and testing of transparent full-face shields for medical workers and first responders.

The first 1,000 are this week going for testing at Detroit Mercy, Henry Ford Health Systems and Detroit Medical Center Sinai-Grace hospitals.

Roughly 75,000 shields could be finished this week. The brand is putting its recent developments in 3D printing capability and technology to the test.

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“Working with 3M and GE, we have empowered our teams of engineers and designers to be scrappy and creative to quickly help scale up production of this vital equipment,” said Jim Hackett, Ford’s president and CEO.

“We’ve been in regular dialogue with federal, state and local officials to understand the areas of greatest needs.

“We are focusing our efforts to help increase the supply of respirators, face shields and ventilators that can help assist health care workers, first responders, critical workers as well as those who have been infected by the virus.”

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