Ford, 3M Gear Up to Produce Air-Purifying Respirators
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Ford, 3M Gear Up to Produce Air-Purifying Respirators

A new type of powered air purifying respirator design developed by Ford and 3M will begin to be manufactured Tuesday

Automaker Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday will begin manufacturing a powered air-purifying respirator developed in collaboration with 3M.

The PAPR was designed and prototyped in less than four weeks, 3M officials said in a blog post. The companies expect to secure federal approval for the new device by the end of April.

 

“We are proud of all we have achieved through our collaboration with Ford. These achievements include sharing our expert support and guidance to help Ford start producing an all-new PAPR design in just four weeks and, with Ford’s help, accelerating 3M’s actions to increase the output of PAPRs and N95 respirators at our U.S.-based manufacturing facilities,” the company said.

Ford will be able to assemble 100,000 or more PAPRs at its facility in Flat Rock, Michigan. The new design has a hood, face shield, and a high-efficiency filtration system, providing protection and comfort for front-line healthcare workers.

“We knew that to play our part helping combat coronavirus, we had to go like hell and join forces with experts like 3M to expand production of urgently needed medical equipment and supplies,” said vice president of Ford enterprise product line management Jim Baumbick in the blog.

The two corporations will be donating any profits from the sale of PAPR to nonprofits associated with Covid-19. Upon regulatory approval, 3M will distribute the respirators through its distribution network in the United States.

“3M is dedicated to helping protect our heroic healthcare workers and first responders globally,” said Bernard Cicut, vice president of 3M’s personal safety division.

Last month, Ford started supplying 3M with parts for the PAPRs.

“We are proud of all we have achieved through our collaboration with Ford. These achievements include sharing our expert support and guidance to help Ford start producing an all-new PAPR design in just four weeks and, with Ford’s help, accelerating 3M’s actions to increase the output of PAPRs and N95 respirators at our U.S.-based manufacturing facilities,” the company said.

Ford will be able to assemble 100,000 or more PAPRs at its facility in Flat Rock, Michigan. The new design has a hood, face shield, and a high-efficiency filtration system, providing protection and comfort for front-line healthcare workers.

“We knew that to play our part helping combat coronavirus, we had to go like hell and join forces with experts like 3M to expand production of urgently needed medical equipment and supplies,” said vice president of Ford enterprise product line management Jim Baumbick in the blog.

The two corporations will be donating any profits from the sale of PAPR to nonprofits associated with Covid-19. Upon regulatory approval, 3M will distribute the respirators through its distribution network in the United States.

“3M is dedicated to helping protect our heroic healthcare workers and first responders globally,” said Bernard Cicut, vice president of 3M’s personal safety division.

Last month, Ford started supplying 3M with parts for the PAPRs.