Ford & GE Working Together to Produce Ventilators
Ford Motor Company and GE Healthcare are now working together to start production of ventilators for COVID-19 patients across the United State. The goal is to produce 50,000 units in 100 days and up to 30,000 a month after that if needed. The ventilator design was quickly approved by the FDA and created by Airon Corp. with a simplified, but effective design.
The new GE/Airon Model A-E ventilator operates using air pressure and doesn’t require electricity, which allows it to be used in a variety of environments and locations that may not have easy access to power. It has been specifically designed to meet the needs of most COVID-19 patients suffering respiratory issues, and can be quickly produced in large numbers.
“The Ford and GE Healthcare teams, working creatively and tirelessly, have found a way to produce this vitally needed ventilator quickly and in meaningful numbers,” said Ford president and CEO Jim Hackett. “By producing this ventilator in Michigan, in strong partnership with the UAW, we can help health care workers save lives, and that’s our No. 1 priority.”
Working around the clock, 500 paid volunteer UAW employees are going to build the ventilators on three shifts at the factory in Michigan. Airon currently produces three ventilators per day in Florida, but Ford plans to make up to 7,200 per week once it reaches full production speed in the coming weeks.
Source: Ford Media Center