CHANDAN B MALLIK, Kolkata: In the past few days, several carmakers around the globe have announced their contribution in the war against coronavirus besides idling their plants. Some offered to help with logistics, while some suggested that they will use their equipment to make components for ventilators, a critical piece of equipment used for treating coronavirus patients.
Giving a head start, some car companies like Mahindra Auto and Hyundai Motors in India claim to have submitted designs of ventilator prototypes for technical assessment and evaluation with government authorities.
In the US, Ford has partnered with several equipment manufacturers to make parts for respirators, ventilators and plastic face shields.
What is striking is the pace of developing complicated medical equipment besides examples of resourcefulness.
For instance, Ford engineers found that the ventilation fans used in the seats of the F150 pick-up truck could be comfortably paired with technical partner 3M’s HEPA air filters. With type approval, this low-cost new respirator is set to be manufactured at one of Ford’s facilities in Michigan.
Ford has also partnered with GE Healthcare to produce a simplified version of the latter’s existing ventilator design.
In an added boost for 3M and GE, Ford says some of their production facilities have already been adapted to produce existing respirator models, further bolstering the supply to first responders.