By Michael Randazzo
Since the COVID-19 outbreak skyrocketed in the United States many hospitals have been in need of crucial medical supplies with one very important one being ventilators. A ventilator is a machine that provides mechanical ventilation by moving breathable air into and out of the lungs, to deliver breaths to a patient who is physically unable to breathe, or breathing insufficiently.
Ford and G.E.’s healthcare teams are currently teaming up to produce 50,000 ventilators over the next 100 days to help some of the hospitals during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Ford is said to be continuing their efforts after the first round goes out by producing and estimated 30,000 ventilators each month. It will take the effort of 500 employees and a plant in Rawsonville, Michigan for Ford to accomplish this feat.
Airon Corporation of Melbourne Florida authorized G.E. to use the design of the ventilator. This device runs on air pressure without the need for electricity. Both G.E. and the Airon Corporation believe it to be useful for most COVID-19 patients who need help breathing.
Ford and G.E. agreed last week that Ford would increase production of a different ventilator based off of a G.E. Healthcare design.
Infact, Ford is not the only major automotive company who has announced their involvement in this work, both Tesla and General Motors have said they plan on producing these ventilators to help the fight.
Tesla is said to be reopening its production facility in Buffalo to begin producing medical devices. This facility’s prior use had been for the production of solar panels but will now be working with the company Medtronic to assemble these ventilators.
, said that with the help of Tesla they would be able to ramp up their efforts by basically doubling their capacity and they would be able to manufacture 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
Ishrak told CNBC in an interview, “We’ve increased capacity significantly. We’ve already doubled it and we’re on the way to doubling it again.”
Tesla has also announced that in the event of a shortage that they would take production into their own hands and start making ventilators themselves.
General Motors had recently teamed up with the ventilator company Ventec and in doing so had mobilized over 1,000 workers and around 100 auto suppliers to start production. Both companies have come up with many monthly projections but settled on producing around 20,000 a month.
This production is planned to take place in a General Motors facility in Indiana where they have currently made an estimated 10,000 of these machines.
Many auto companies have been suffering from the recent COVID-19 outbreak by having to close production at most, if not all, of their facilities around the country. This is because they are not labeled as “essential business.” This has caused their workers to be without a way for possible income. But now since these companies have been reopening their factories they have been labeled essential and these workers are able to get back into work, and continue to provide for their families.