Ford Revamps Auto Factories to Make Much Needed Virus Supplies


Americans are coming together in this time of social distancing, but not in a dangerous, physical way.  Instead, they are coming together to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic as a team.

First things first – social distancing is the ammunition and the American people are the infantry.  We need to continue to apply cover fire against coronavirus in order to allow our medical professionals to work, unabated, and at their maximum capacity.  In order to keep from overwhelming the hospital system, we’re going to need to stay away from one another until the CDC says otherwise.

Then there are the big guns:  Companies like Ford, who have pivoted their businesses in order to protect those of who are in the trenches.

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Ford is helping 3M redesign the powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) that it makes for first responders and health care workers to protect them from contracting the virus while treating patients.

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The new device incorporates a fan normally used to for ventilated F-150 seats, 3M HEPA filters and power tool batteries for portability. Ford is looking into the feasibility of manufacturing them at an initial rate of 1,000 units per month at the Advanced Manufacturing Center, where it currently 3D-prints brake parts for the Mustang Shelby GT500, with plans to quickly expand production beyond that number.

The move comes as a number of American businesses lend their adjusted capabilities to this viral war, including a number of whiskey distilleries who have begun to make alcohol-based hand sanitizers for the healthcare industry.

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