The company 3M has announced a partnership with Cummins, manufacturer of diesel engines, the purpose of which is to increase production of anti-aerosol filters used in the power 3M respirators with forced air supply (PAPRs). This partnership will allow more than double the existing production capacity of such filters.
Power systems with forced air supply are used by 3M health care workers in a pandemic COVID-19. Mounted on the belt turboback battery-powered supplies filtered clean air to the head part under the face shield that covers the head and face of the user. This helps to ensure the highest level of respiratory protection for a long time, which is especially important in situations where inevitably the allocation in the environment of biohazardous aerosol particles, for example, by viruses during nursing.
By the technical documentation of the 3M plant employees Cummins Inc. in Wisconsin, will produce filters for PAPR 3M on the equipment used for the production of filters for diesel engines. After assembling and testing filters for power 3M respirators will be sent to the 3M plant in Nebraska that produces themselves the power respirators. It is expected that the production of the filters at the Cummins ‘ factory in Wisconsin will begin by the end of April.
Earlier, in March, 3M announced a partnership with Ford, aimed at increasing the power production of respirators with forced air supply. 3M company continues to explore opportunities to further expand the production capacity for the operational production and delivery of required products 3M used to combat COVID-19.