A small turbine which is normally used for cooling from the inside to the seats of the pick-up F150 can become a valuable life-saving for those infected by the Covid-19 who require respiratory support. The idea came to the Ford Motor Company – joining forces with specialised companies such as 3M and GE Healthcare – it is already lending his expertise to expand the production of equipment to cope with in Usa, the coronavirus. To design ‘smart’ of this fan-alone (using a reserve of energy equal to 8 hours provided by the battery for the power tools, easily ricaricabii) was attended by the employees of Ford flanked by the experts at 3M, and GE Healthcare. From this collaboration was born a simple embedding in the device of special air filters, air HEPA 3M, necessary to block the contaminants present in the air and the droplets that carry virus particles. “Working with 3M and GE, have allowed to our team of engineers and designers to contribute quickly to increase the production of this equipment is vital – said Jim Hackett, president and CEO of Ford – and we dialogued regularly with federal officials, state and local government to understand the areas of greatest need. We are concentrating our efforts to contribute to increasing the supply of respirators, face shields, and fans that can help health-care workers, first responders, workers in critical and those that have been infected by the virus”.
Ford and GE Healthcare are also working to expand production of a simplified version of the fan existing GE Healthcare to support patients with respiratory failure or difficulty breathing, caused by Covid-19. These fans will be manufactured in a site that is Ford, which will complement that of GE.
In the meantime, the design team of Ford in the Usa has created – and are testing – visors integral for healthcare providers and first responders. These ‘screens’ facial completely protect the face and eyes from accidental contact with liquids and, if combined with a respiratory N95 can be a more effective way to limit the potential exposure to the coronavirus. The first 1,000 screens have been provided for the test hospitals Detroit Mercy, Henry Ford Health Systems and Detroit Medical Center Sinai-Grace. The expectation is that approximately 75,000 of these visors can be completed this week, with a production of over 100,000 pieces per week will be made at the offices of Ford, Troy Design and Manufacturing, Plymouth, Michigan.