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福特汽车 Working with 3M and GE to Make Medical Equipment in Response to 新冠病毒 Crisis

福特汽车 worker assembles a face shield. (Photo: 福特汽车) -

福特汽车 worker assembles a face shield. (Photo: 福特汽车)

福特汽车 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 patients fighting 新冠病毒.

In addition, 福特汽车 plans to assemble more than 100,000 face shields per week and leverage its in-house 3D printing capability to produce components for use in personal protective equipment.

“对于美国和世界来说,这是关键时刻。现在是采取行动与合作的时候。通过跨多个行业走到一起,我们可以为有需要的人们和这场危机的前线人们带来真正的改变,”比尔·福特说,福特’执行主席。“在福特,我们深感有责任在需要时加紧努力并做出贡献,就像我们在公司117年的历史中一如既往。”

电动空气净化呼吸器

福特汽车 team members are working with 3M to increase the manufacturing capacity of their powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) designs and working jointly to develop a new design leveraging parts from both companies to meet the surge demand for first responders and health care workers. This new respirator could be produced in a 福特汽车 facility by UAW workers.

To go as fast as possible, the 福特汽车 and 3M teams have been locating off-the-shelf parts like fans from the 福特汽车 F-150’3M HEPA空气过滤器用于冷却气流,可过滤空气中的污染物,例如携带病毒颗粒的液滴以及便携式工具电池组,为这些呼吸器供电长达8个小时。

福特汽车 is looking at how it might produce these new-generation PAPRs in one of its Michigan manufacturing facilities, helping 3M boost production potentially tenfold.

“通过与3M和GE的合作,我们使我们的工程师和设计师团队具有蓬勃创新的能力,可以快速帮助扩大这一重要设备的生产规模,”福特汽车的吉姆·哈克特(Jim Hackett)说’总裁兼首席执行官。“We’一直与联邦,州和地方官员进行定期对话,以了解最需要的领域。我们正集中精力帮助增加呼吸器,面罩和呼吸机的供应,这些呼吸器,口罩和呼吸机可帮助协助医护人员,急救人员,危急人员以及感染病毒的人。”

“We’重新探索所有可能的机会来进一步扩展3M’的能力,并尽快将医疗用品运送到他们所在地’re needed most –其中包括与福特等其他伟大公司的合作,”3M董事长兼首席执行官Mike Roman说。“It’我们必须调动所有资源来保护生命并战胜这种疾病,这一点至关重要,而我’我非常感谢福特及其员工的这种伙伴关系。”

呼吸机

In addition, 福特汽车 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 caused by 新冠肺炎. These ventilators could be produced at a 福特汽车 manufacturing site in addition to a GE location.  

“来自各行各业的公司迅速动员起来以应对我们共同面对的COVID-19所面临的日益严峻的挑战,我们感到鼓舞,”GE Healthcare总裁兼首席执行官Kieran Murphy说。“我们很自豪能够将我们的临床和技术专长带入与福特的合作,共同为这种救生技术提供前所未有的需求,并在满足患者需求时紧急支持他们。”

该计划的工作与美国政府官员的帮助请求有关。

呼吸器和面罩

福特汽车’美国的设计团队也正在迅速创建并开始为医务人员和急救人员测试透明的全罩。与单独使用N95呼吸器相比,面罩可完全阻止面部和眼睛意外接触液体,与N95呼吸器配对使用时,可以更有效地限制潜在的冠状病毒暴露。

首批1,000副面罩将于本周在底特律仁慈,亨利·福特医疗系统和底特律医学中心西奈格雷斯医院接受测试。预计本周将完成约75,000个这种防护罩,而福特子公司Troy Design and Manufacturing将每周生产超过100,000个面罩’该公司表示,该公司位于密歇根州普利茅斯的工厂。

福特汽车 is leveraging its Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford, Mich., and in-house 3D printing capabilities to manufacture components and subassemblies for use in personal protective equipment.

福特汽车 is evaluating a separate effort not involving GE Healthcare with the U.K. government to produce additional ventilators.

In China, 福特汽车 of China joint venture partner Jiangling Motors also has donated 10 specially equipped Transit ambulance vans to hospitals in Wuhan, where the 新冠病毒 outbreak began. 福特汽车 is also reacquiring 165,000 N95 respirators from China that were originally sent by 福特汽车 to China earlier this year to help combat 新冠病毒.

福特汽车 has also kicked off a working team to help hospitals locate and secure urgently needed surgical and N95 respirators. 福特汽车 has so far committed sending Henry 福特汽车 Health Systems 40,000 surgical masks while it locates additional supplies.

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福特汽车, along with the companies it is supporting, will provide additional updates as these special projects progress. 

 

 

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