COVID-19 pandemic: Ford and 3M ship powered respirators for healthcare workers


Ford leveraged 3M’s design guidance and off-the-shelf parts like vehicle ventilator fans and power tool batteries to develop new PAPR system in just 40 days

Last week, Ford began shipping powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) from its Vreeland facility near Flat Rock, Michigan,US, for healthcare workers who are fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the automaker said in a press release on 6 May. Ford developed the PAPR in close collaboration with 3M. The US automaker is using 3M’s authorized distributors to quickly deliver PAPRs. Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, is the first customer to order and receive the first PAPRs, supplied by Ford.

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