Manufacturers are working overtime to handle the demand for medical ventilators
The coronavirus pandemic has driven up the demand for medical ventilators, which are used to keep the air in hospitals clean and germ-free. The manufacturers are ramping up the production and converting assembly lines in other facilities.
GE Healthcare has significantly expanded its workforce and added more working hours, the factories are operating 24 hours a day. Sweden-based manufacturer Getinge is also expanding its production and has made the demonstration and training models available for purchase.
Air Liquide and Draeger are planning to double their production. Loewenstein has received the order for 6 500 models from the German government.
Despite the boosts of hiring process, some manufacturers have admited, that they are experiencing staff shortages. The manufacturers are looking into possibilities of sharing the work with big automakers, whi can provide the workforce and the equipment. In the United States Ford and Generla Motors have already received permission to enter the production. French PSA - the owners Citroen and Peugeot - is currently thinking "very seriously" about similar partnerships.
The production crisis might also be solved with new technologies, specifically 3D printing. Labs and startups are already offering their services to the hospital. According to Olivier Lamotte, the engineer at the French University of Belford-Montbeliard, “people the world over have said we need to print parts for ventilators and masks,".