Ford & GE Healthcare to Produce 50,000 Ventilators
Working in collaboration with GE Healthcare, Ford Motor Company will begin producing ventilators for COVID-19 patients, with the goal of producing 50,000 units in 100 days and up to 30,000 a month after that as needed. The FDA-cleared ventilator was created by Airon Corp. with a simplified, but effective design.
The GE/Airon Model A-E ventilator uses a design that operates on air pressure and doesn’t require electricity, allowing it to be used in a variety of environments. It has been designed to meet the needs of most COVID-19 patients, and is able to be produced in large numbers quickly.
“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 will produce the ventilators on three shifts. Airon currently produces three ventilators per day in Florida, but Ford plans to make 7,200 per week once it reaches full production speed.
Source: Ford Media Center