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    America's next producers of ventilators could be Ford and General Motors

    DETROIT - At least two of Michigan's biggest automakers could be the country's next producers of ventilators.

    Spokespeople from Ford and General Motors both said the automakers have discussed the prospect of manufacturing breathing apparatuses - machines the country is in dire need while it anticipates an exponential rise in coronavirus patients.

    "As America’s largest producer of vehicles and top employer of autoworkers, Ford stands ready to help the administration in any way we can, including the possibility of producing ventilators and other equipment," read a statement from a Ford spokesperson.

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    Re: America's next producers of ventilators could be Ford and General Motors

    Nice to see American industry stepping up to the plate. Hopefully this will be a wake up call to take a deep look at supply chains and not to have them in countries that have come out threatening to withhold or stop shipments of critical medical components.

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    Re: America's next producers of ventilators could be Ford and General Motors

    I'm not sure how they will make that happen with the lazy UAW workers who just want to be laid off so they can get paid at home

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    Re: America's next producers of ventilators could be Ford and General Motors

    Lets just hope they don't use the same plant that built the Explorer/Aviator
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    Re: America's next producers of ventilators could be Ford and General Motors

    Sounds more like propaganda. An auto factory doesn't sound like a great sterile environment to put ventilators together.

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    Re: America's next producers of ventilators could be Ford and General Motors

    Quote Originally Posted by joey View Post
    Sounds more like propaganda. An auto factory doesn't sound like a great sterile environment to put ventilators together.
    Didn't think of it like that, but yeah. Let's face it, we were caught with our pants down, we have zero infrastructure in place to handle mass production of anything that's not a car, aircraft, or weapon. We've outsourced production of damn near everything in the quest for higher profit margins. Hopefully this is the wakeup call to bring more production of not just critical items, but general items back to the US.
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    Re: America's next producers of ventilators could be Ford and General Motors

    European engineering company's at the Coronavirus epicentre have now been turned in ventilator producers l thought it would be only a matter of time before was happen in the US. It's seems like we are at war with the invisible Coranavirus killer now.

    Hopefully we will come out of the other side of this nasty virus by May but there will still be a massive shortage of ventilators that will be needed even after the virus goes into decline hopefully.









    BBC News Coronavirus: Formula 1 teams are to help in supply of ventilators



    Formula 1 teams are working with government and health authorities to increase the supply of ventilators during the coronavirus crisis.

    Ventilators are a device used to help supply more air to patients with breathing difficulties, one of the effects of severe coronavirus symptoms.

    The majority of F1 teams are aiming to work out ways to use their engineering facilities to boost production.

    F1 said the aim was to "provide as much help and assistance as we can".
    A spokesman said: "The F1 community is engaged in discussions with all the relevant stakeholders regarding this issue and we will provide further details in due course."

    A number of teams have applied-technologies divisions that could directly feed into the national production capacity of ventilators in the UK and Italy, particularly McLaren, Red Bull, Williams, Mercedes and Ferrari.

    But all teams have advanced manufacturing capability that could potentially be used to make complex devices such as this, and as many will help as can.
    The idea is to increase the supply of the existing design of ventilators rather than try to come up with a new approach.

    The UK is estimated to need an extra 20,000 ventilators to deal with the crisis as it develops over the coming months.


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    Re: America's next producers of ventilators could be Ford and General Motors

    Quote Originally Posted by sdotjeezy View Post
    Lets just hope they don't use the same plant that built the Explorer/Aviator
    Thats probably why Italy has got it so bad, Fix It Again Tony are probably making the Italian ventilators.
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    I'm not sure how they will make that happen with the lazy UAW workers who just want to be laid off so they can get paid at home
    Most of the European automakers are closing shutting down production lines for 4-8 weeks, thier staff are being asked to take unpaid leave for the common good of the company as they are producing nothing as an alternative to the risk of the company going bust in self isolation periods so the company comes out strong at the end of it, they are spreading the cost of lost wages over the whole year so they can still be paid during the shutdown. Mortgages payments are being deferred tagged onto the end of the mortgage extending them by a month or two.
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    Re: America's next producers of ventilators could be Ford and General Motors

    Where is all this extra ventilator manufacturing equipment sitting around at?

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    Re: America's next producers of ventilators could be Ford and General Motors

    Quote Originally Posted by Lowboy View Post
    Where is all this extra ventilator manufacturing equipment sitting around at?
    See Oldsmobile Stopped's post above.

    I'm just guessing, maybe someone with manufacturing knowledge can comment: First, the automakers have large, well trained workforces who are used to making things and can mobilize these employees to make something else with the right instruction. Also, I assume robots can be reprogrammed to build/assemble non-car related parts. I assume we aren't going to see ventilators coming down the same line as a Malibu, but the new production will be set up to the side of the car production line. Again, just guesses...

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    Re: America's next producers of ventilators could be Ford and General Motors

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    Where is all this extra ventilator manufacturing equipment sitting around at?
    There's a yooj pile of it in my back yard.

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    Where is all this extra ventilator manufacturing equipment sitting around at?
    In Tesla's tents?

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    Re: America's next producers of ventilators could be Ford and General Motors

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldsmobile stopped View Post
    European engineering company's at the Coronavirus epicentre have now been turned in ventilator producers l thought it would be only a matter of time before was happen in the US. It's seems like we are at war with the invisible Coranavirus killer now.

    Hopefully we will come out of the other side of this nasty virus by May but there will still be a massive shortage of ventilators that will be needed even after the virus goes into decline hopefully.









    BBC News Coronavirus: Formula 1 teams are to help in supply of ventilators



    Formula 1 teams are working with government and health authorities to increase the supply of ventilators during the coronavirus crisis.

    Ventilators are a device used to help supply more air to patients with breathing difficulties, one of the effects of severe coronavirus symptoms.

    The majority of F1 teams are aiming to work out ways to use their engineering facilities to boost production.

    F1 said the aim was to "provide as much help and assistance as we can".
    A spokesman said: "The F1 community is engaged in discussions with all the relevant stakeholders regarding this issue and we will provide further details in due course."

    A number of teams have applied-technologies divisions that could directly feed into the national production capacity of ventilators in the UK and Italy, particularly McLaren, Red Bull, Williams, Mercedes and Ferrari.

    But all teams have advanced manufacturing capability that could potentially be used to make complex devices such as this, and as many will help as can.
    The idea is to increase the supply of the existing design of ventilators rather than try to come up with a new approach.

    The UK is estimated to need an extra 20,000 ventilators to deal with the crisis as it develops over the coming months.


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    Yeah...I don't think our NASCAR teams are sophisticated enough to switch over to ventilator production. Those F1 cars involve a ton of "prototype" like parts that are probably comprised of 3D printed components where their prototyping equipment can just be reconfigured to spit out the needed cmponents.
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    Re: America's next producers of ventilators could be Ford and General Motors

    Quote Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
    In Tesla's tents?

    The Tesla tent will probably make a good makeshift Coronavirus tent morgue for sick/dead Tesla employees that are going to be issued a paper mask & free batman pants for Coronavirus protection by Musk to carry on making cars, wonder why China didn't think of that one?

    Alameda County in California has clarified that Tesla isn’t an “essential business”, ordering the EV maker to limit its Fremont factory down to the “minimum basic operations”.

    The news come one day after Tesla and Elon Musk told employees that Fremont would continue its operations as normal. despite the shelter-in-place lockdown order issued by the county, asking workers who feel ill “or even uncomfortable” to not come to work.

    The clarification means that Tesla will now have to shut down manufacturing and deliveries from Fremont, which employs more than 10,000 workers, for the duration of the order.

    Poor ole new Tesla plant in Germany can't built at the moment there because the German greenies don't want them disturbing the local wildlife the frog and snakes down at the local creek. Poor ole overstretched Tesla are going to struggle a bit with all interest payments on all the money they owe have been borrowing to expand with no revenue cars coming down the line.





    Maybe Tesla need to follow Vauxhall's example make a few bucks on the side making some ventilators?



    Vauxhall to 3D-print ventilators for the NHS

    More than 60 companies have responded to the government’s request to help produce 20,000 ventilators to treat coronavirus patients. Vauxhall is the latest company to step up, with Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls-Royce also saying they will provide support.

    Vauxhall has offered to help with 3D printing and the production of the crucial devices. The car company, which is now owned by the French automotive giant PSA, will work from technical drawings and blueprints provided by the government.

    The Department of Health says that the NHS could require up to 20,000 additional ventilators. It currently has 5,000 adult ventilators and 900 for children.

    Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port factory is one of a number of PSA’s European plants that has closed due to the coronavirus. Ellesmere Port is likely to remain closed until 27 March at the earliest.

    In a statement, the company said: “Due to the acceleration observed in recent days of serious COVID-19 cases close to certain production sites, supply disruptions from major suppliers, as well as the sudden decline in the automobile markets, the chairman of the executive board with the members of the crisis unit, decided the principle of the closure of the vehicle production sites, according to the following schedule and until March 27.”

    Vauxhall’s Luton plant, which is home to the Vivaro van, is scheduled to close tomorrow (19 March).

    The closure of the Ellesmere Port an old GM factory that will free up capacity to make ventilators.

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