Details: Ford is working on multiple fronts to help the companies increase production of their own products, and innovating some of its own solutions.
Ford is working with 3M to increase the manufacturing capacity of its powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR), a waist-mounted breathing machine with a helmet that healthcare workers use.
Teams are also working jointly to develop a new PAPR design using parts like fans borrowed from the Ford F-150’s cooled seats, 3M HEPA air filters and portable tool battery packs to power these respirators for up to eight hours.
This new respirator could be produced in a Ford facility by UAW workers, the automaker said.
The goal is to help 3M boost production tenfold.